Consultation gaps before COP26

On board a train to Glasgow (Scotland), a moment of “wrinkling” – a situation in which you are trying to figure out how to fit in and fix vital situations at risk you’re not primarily duty-bound to do so. The role of the civil society and the academe physically present at the UN Climate Change #COP26 is crucial in articulating and manifesting the voices of the communities and constituencies we represent. Though hopeful, we are vigilantly concerned with the Philippine government delegation composition’s capacity to engage multilaterally. Only about 15% of the delegation has the institutional memory and even the ability to negotiate. Is it intentional to disallow Climate Change Commission and other relevant agencies and institutions seasoned negotiators to join? We already reached out to the leadership for a dialogue and to understand official positions, however we received no response. Failure to consult stakeholders other than that of the government, either online or face to face, is gross violation of Rule VI, Section 1 (j), of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9729 as amended by Republic Act 10174 says:
“xxx The negotiating positions of the Philippines in the international climate change negotiations shall be developed through a multi-stakeholder and inter- agency process facilitated by the Commission, which shall have the ultimate responsibility of adopting the official positions. xxx”