No 630 Posted by fw, December 8, 2012
The lead negotiator for the Philippines at the Climate Conference in Doha, Naderev Saño, could not keep back the tears as he made a passionate appeal for real action on climate change.
This impassioned personal appeal was made in this morning’s closing plenary of the Kyoto Protocol by the Philippines lead negotiator. The Philippines has been devastated by Typhoon Bopha with the death toll now topping over 300 and another 400 listed as missing. After delivering his country’s final official KP intervention, Filipino lead negotiator Naderev M. Saño made the following plea to his peers:
“Finally, Madam Chair, I speak on behalf of 100 million Filipinos, a quarter of a million of whom are eking out a living working here in Qatar. And I am making an urgent appeal, not as a negotiator, not as a leader of my delegation, but as a Filipino. I appeal to the whole world, I appeal to leaders from all over the world, to open our eyes to the stark reality that we face. I appeal to ministers. The outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. It is about what is demanded of us by 7 billion people. I appeal to all, please, no more delays, no more excuses. Please, let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around. Please, let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to find the will to take responsibility for the future we want. I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?”
His remarks were met with loud applause. [But no action].