EU, Phl to focus on climate, environment issues

Panel reactors (from left) UST College of Science dean Prof. Rey Donne Papa, UST Graduate School dean Prof. Michael Anthony Vasco, and UST College of Architecture academic staff member, architect Noel Cruz.

Climate and environment issues have been priorities of the European Union and the Philippines’ cooperation and will continue to do so in the coming years, ambassador of the European Union to the Philippines Luc Véron said.

In his speech at the recent UST Ambassadors Lecture Series, Ambassador Véron said the EU commits to further cut its carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030 while aiming to become climate-neutral by 2050.

The EU envoy added that it will also support the Philippines and other countries in their efforts to mitigate and to adapt to climate change.

“We have been supporting the development of renewable sources of energy, the protection of biodiversity and waste management through several projects which have also aimed at providing livelihoods to poor communities. The top priority for our development cooperation with the Philippines until 2027 will be the transition to a Green Circular Economy and the support to sustainable sources of energy,” Véron said.

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(From left) UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., EU Ambassador to the Philippines Luc Véron, and UST Office of Public Affairs director Assistant Professor Joreen T. Rocamora.

The ambassador also gave a background of the current EU-Phl relations based on the Bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement made in March 2018, as well as insights on key points such as trade, good governance, maritime security, and human rights, among others.

The Ambassadors Lecture Series is a forum for intellectual engagement between different embassies and UST’s academic community. Previous speakers were former ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines Han Dong-man (2018), former Deputy Chief of Mission of the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila Urawadee Sriphiromya (2017), and former ambassador of the United States to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (2016), among others.

European Union Ambassador
to the Philippines Luc Véron.

UST Secretary-General Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel; UST Graduate School dean, Prof. Michael Anthony C. Vasco, Ph.D.; UST College of Science dean, Prof. Rey Donne S. Papa, Ph.D., and UST College of Architecture academic staff member, architect Noel Cruz were in attendance. UST Singers, two-time winner of the Luciano Pavarotti Choir of the World trophy, performed.

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