Ministers from Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) countries have convened in Manila to mark the handover of the CVF presidency from the Philippines to Ethiopia.

The week-long meeting saw ministers alongside global thought-leaders from donors, observer nations, international organisations and NGOs come together in a series of CVF Leadership Events, which concluded in the handover to the first African Chair of the Forum.

The CVF represents 43 nations that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and counts for one billion vulnerable citizens.

“The CVF has elevated the voice of the vulnerable under the Philippine presidency and we are certain the Ethiopian chair will lift climate action to an even higher sense of urgency” said Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman of the Philippines Climate Change Commission. The forum’s goal is to keep temperature increases under the 1.5oC target of the Paris Agreement.

Dr Shiferaw Taklemariam Menbacho, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change of Ethiopia, remarked that “Under Ethiopian presidency the CVF will be vocal, visionary and vigilant in our work to limit the rise of global temperature to 1.5oC”.

The attendees of the Leadership Events addressed the Philippine Senate and presented research that indicates development of emerging economies would be optimised if global temperature increases were kept below 1.5oC degrees.

This Low-Carbon Monitor report argues that the difference of 0.5oC between 1.5oC and a 2oC temperature increases would have vast repercussions on the frequency and severity of climate change impacts.

Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Philippine Senate Committee on Climate Change, responded by highlighting that “Bending the global warming curve to 1.5oC is a moral imperative, because it means saving the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people; it means upholding the human rights of the poor and vulnerable; it means ensuring the integrity of our ecosystems.”

A full press release can be seen on the CVF website here.

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