ALVAREZ LEADS RP DELEGATION TO WORLD ENVIRONMENT SUMMIT
Manila, August 28, 2002 (STAR) Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Heherson Alvarez leaves today for Johannesburg, South Africa leading the Philippine delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
The country’s 17-member delegation to the global meet will seek, together with other country delegates, to find ways to "employ sustainable development as a means of uplifting the world’s poorest citizens."
Alvarez will be joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Ople, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Dante Canlas, Senators Loren Legarda, Edgardo Angara, Robert Barbers, Ralph Recto, Robert Jaworski, and House of Representatives committee on ecology chairman Rep. Augusto Baculio.
The Johannesburg summit, the largest and most important international meeting to date, brings together thousands of participants from 150 nations – including heads of states and governments, business leaders and representatives of civil society – to promote concrete commitments to implement sustainable development.
"The Philippines has much to offer in these discussions, given our early awareness of the need for sustainable development and our adoption of the requisite policies and programs under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo," Alvarez said.
"The world faces many grave and urgent threats to its well being, and a refusal to recognize these threats and to respond to them now can only spell more misery for the billions of the world’s poor and ultimately, disaster for all mankind," he stressed.
The Philippines, Alvarez added, has been particularly attentive to the issues of watershed conservation, global warming, coastal and marine resources, biodiversity, clean air and water, community-based initiatives, and good governance.
He said the summit should "go beyond awareness and beyond rhetoric to concrete, measurable, and time-bound actions that will bring actual relief to our poor world, and to the world’s poorest."
"We cannot afford too many more Earth summits. There is precious little time to lose, and Johannesburg, may be our last chance to prove our worthiness as the stewards of the Earth," Alvarez said.
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