UPRI Attends Commission on Human Rights’ Round-table Discussion on Responding to the Impact of Climate Change on the Lives of Filipinos
Introduction of highlights on how government agencies can contribute to preventing, alleviation, and remediating the negative effects of climate-related extreme weather events on the economic, social, and cultural rights of the Filipino people.
The University of the Philippines Resilience Institute joined a round-table discussion facilitated by the Commission on Human Rights last October 18, 2019 at the CHR Head Office in Quezon City. The discussion, meant to examine how to best respond to the impact of climate change on the lives of Filipinos, was attended by various representatives from national science institutions and concerned organizations. It aimed to identify best practices on how government agencies, working in synergy, can address the adverse effects of extreme evets brought about by climate change.
Talking points during this discussion mainly revolved around the idea that climate change and its adverse effects significantly affect the human rights situation in the country. During the meeting, each organization was asked to present existing projects and programs related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Aside from that, constraints and limitations the organizations were facing in pursuing CCA-DRR related programs and projects were also asked.
Various representatives from different institutions and concerned organizations
UPRI shared its mandate to formulate various development plans and to empower local communities through multidisciplinary actions towards resilience. One of the limitations of the institute is the fact that it was only established last 2017. It is still in the early stages of bringing together people and organizations to pursue a common goal. Despite being in the early stages of operations, however, the UPRI strives to promote collaboration as a means to enhance the nation’s climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.