Marcos advocates for collaboration between Philippines and Australia to address climate change

At the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne, President Marcos urged Australia to collaborate with the Philippines on clean and renewable energy initiatives and strategies to combat the effects of climate change. Highlighting the Philippines’ vulnerability to devastating typhoons and rising sea levels, Marcos emphasized the need for bold actions for climate justice.

Acknowledging Australia’s efforts to promote clean energy in ASEAN, Marcos invited Australia to partner with the Philippines in developing clean and renewable energy industries. He also praised the recent agreements made at the COP 28 in Dubai, including the establishment of a fund for climate change-related projects, and offered to host the Board of the Loss and Damage Fund in the Philippines.

In addition, Marcos discussed the signing of the second protocol to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, emphasizing its benefits for micro, small, and medium enterprises. He expressed optimism about the economic cooperation between ASEAN and Australia, particularly in sectors like agriculture, food security, digital economy, tourism, and healthcare.

Overall, Marcos welcomed Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040 and expressed eagerness to expand collaboration in key sectors for the prosperity of Filipinos and ASEAN citizens.

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