• Lead-organizer: Philippines
  • 13:30 - 15:00
  • Date: 17 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-6

Sustaining the Gains of Philippine Agenda 21

Organizing partners

Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD)
National Economic and Development Authority(NEDA)
Climate Change Commission (CCC)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


The Philippines is one of the forerunners of sustainable development in Asia. Several months after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Philippine Government initiated the formulation of the ?Philippine Agenda 21? (PA 21), which served as the country?s blueprint towards sustainable development. As the PA 21 marks its 15th year this 2012, the side-event aims to showcase the gains achieved and lessons learned by the Philippines on sustainable development thus far.

Looking towards the future, the Philippines consider green economy as the new rallying point for the better integration of the three pillars of sustainable development. Likewise, it recognizes the need to encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns as a tool and mechanism to achieve sustainable development. The side-event shall also serve as a venue to share results of the partnership of UNEP and the Philippine Government on SCP and GE.

Detailed programme

In preparation for the Rio +20 Conference, the Philippine has taken pro-active steps to take stock of its SD initiatives in the past 20 years as a way towards outlining the way forward for SD in the country. This will be the over-all theme of the side event, which will be organized in two parts: i) Presentation (2 presentors) and ii) Open Forum.

The first presentation will be on the topic: ?Assessment of the Philippine Agenda 21 (PA 21)?. The PA 21 is the country?s blueprint for sustainable development and a translation of Agenda 21 in the national context. It envisions a better quality of life for all through the development of a just, moral, creative, spiritual, economically vibrant, caring, diverse yet cohesive society characterized by appropriate productivity, participatory and democratic processes and living in harmony within the limits of the carrying capacity of nature and the integrity of creation. 2012 also marks the 15th year anniversary of PA 21.

The PA 21 topic will be presented by Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD). The PCSD is a multi-stakeholder body which provides policy advice to appropriate bodies on sustainable development issues of national interest. It is convened to ensure the implementation of the country?s commitments in light of UNCED commitments and assure the integration of the interplay of social, economic and environmental concerns in the Philippine national policies, plans and programs involving all sectors of the society. The PCSD is currently chaired by the Minister of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The second presentation will be on the topic: ?Potentials for Green Economy in the Philippines?. The Philippines considers green economy as the new rallying point for the better integration of the three pillars of sustainable development and sees sustainable consumption and production patterns as a tool and mechanism to achieve sustainable development. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) together with the Philippine?s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Climate Change Commission (CCC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) entered into partnership to lay-out the road map for a SCP-enabled GE for the Philippines. The initial results of their assessment of the potentials of GE in the Philippines and the way forward shall be presented by UNEP and the CCC during the side-event.

The Climate Change Commission is headed by the President of the Philippines and is the sole policy-making body of the government tasked to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the programs and action plans of the government relating to climate change. The National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which was serve as the blueprint for Climate Change efforts in the country, also emphasizes the need to transition towards a greener Philippine economy, which upholds sustainable practices in all sectors with a climate lens perspective. Sustainable development is considered as a mitigation and adaptation strategy against climate change under the NCCAP.

After the presentations, an open forum will be conducted wherein the Speakers shall field questions from the audience.
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