Statement on President Arroyo's meeting with US President Barack Obama

Press release - July 30, 2009
Commenting on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s scheduled meeting with United States President Barack Obama to discuss issues of mutual concern such as climate change, Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner Amalie Obusan said:

"As the first Southeast Asian Head of State to visit US President Barack Obama, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is representing a region that is the 'most vulnerable and least prepared' to face the ravages of climate change.

"During her visit, Ms. Arroyo must call on President Obama to agree to legally-binding, ambitious and deep emissions reduction obligations, and also to make available public and private funding for climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to help developing countries cope with this global crisis. Greenpeace believes that this should include massive funding for forest protection in Southeast Asia, which is identified as key in winning the global battle against climate change.

"Experts have identified the Philippines as among the countries most at risk to climate change impacts such as extreme weather events and sea level rise.  It must therefore be President Arroyo's priority during this visit to ensure that the United States commits to these obligations while allowing developing countries such as ours to shift to a low-carbon, clean energy economy.

She concluded:

"This visit is also an ideal opportunity for Ms. Arroyo to send the message that the US must take responsibility for the problem for which they are largely responsible and to which they continue to contribute excessively in comparison to developing countries.  Ms. Arroyo must additionally call on President Obama to personally attend the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen this December to support a binding global deal that is not only fair and equitable but one that offers sustainable solutions that will 'change' the shape of humanity's future."

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Other contacts: Amalie Obusan, Climate and Energy Campaigner, +63 905 358 0193, +63 2 414 6512 loc 116, JP Agcaoili, Media Campaigner, +63 917 631 2750, +63 2 414 6512 loc 121,