Members of the PH Delegation to the 31st Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly headed by DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Jr., (left photo, top row)
21 June 2021, Paris - The Philippines was re-elected to the 40-member Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) for the term 2021-2023 during the virtual 31st session of the IOC General Assembly today. With the Philippines’ re-election, Dr. Gil Jacinto (center photo, top row) was also re-designated as National Focal Point for IOC matters.
In his statement during the General Assembly, DOST Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Jr. emphasized that “the Philippines, being a maritime and archipelagic state, is deeply aware of the importance of the oceans and recognizes our reliance on the ocean and its ecosystem services. However, it is not enough to possess the desire to protect our oceans and implement plans and projects to this effect. Our actions and understanding of the oceans and how they are negatively affected by human-made stressors need to be backed up by scientific knowledge and processes.”
Usec. Solidum reaffirmed the Philippines’ participation in the call for the global effort to translate ocean knowledge and transform ocean science solutions into actions for sustainable development. “The Philippines also fully supports the objectives laid out in the Ocean Decade Implementation Plan and is committed to contributing in our own way and with member states of WESTPAC to meeting these objectives in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030,” Usec. Solidum added.
During its membership in the IOC Executive Council, the Philippines will continue to advocate support for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, ocean literacy, tsunami early warning, and disaster risk reduction and management, and the integration of ocean science, indigenous knowledge and innovation in policy-making for sustainable ocean management.
IOC is the only UN body that specializes in ocean science and services and is composed of 150 Member States. The virtual sessions of the 31st General Assembly began on 14 June 2021 and will conclude on 25 June 2021.
The other members of the Philippine Delegation were Deputy Permanent Delegate Aileen Mendiola-Rau (Permanent Delegation of the Philippines to UNESCO), Director John Francis Herrera (DFA Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office), Deputy Executive Director Lindsay A. Barrientos (UNESCO - National Commission of the Philippines), Assistant Director Amelita DJ. Ortiz (DENR- Biodiversity Management Bureau), Principal Assistant Leslie C. Escosura-Bustamante (DFA-MOAO), Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Jhorace L. Engay-Tupas (DENR-BMB), Senior Aquaculturist Sonia Luisa Sanchez (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource), Aquaculturist Joeren Yleana (BFAR), Programme Officer Gay Alfred Blanco (UNESCO - National Commission of the Philippines), and Ms. Marikit L. Degaños (Attaché, Permanent Delegation of the Philippines to UNESCO). END.
Philippine Agriculture Secretary Engages French Businesses on Opportunities for Trade and and Investments
21 April 2021 – Philippine Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dollente Dar delivering his address during the webinar with French member-companies of MEDEF International
21 April 2021, Paris, France – MEDEF International and the Philippine Embassy in Paris co-organized with the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) a high-level virtual meeting today for member-companies of the French business confederation MEDEF, shining the spotlight this time on trade and investment opportunities in Philippine agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dollente Dar made the first presentation, providing an overview of the agricultural sector before zeroing on the areas of investments where French companies could be potential partners.
Secretary Dar enumerated the following investment areas that could be explored: dairy farming, livestock, poultry solutions & technologies; aquaculture and fish farming technologies; sustainable water technologies for irrigation; greenhouse technology; and smart agriculture. Also highlighted were opportunities in the production and processing of coconut, seaweeds, abaca, mango, shrimps, cacao and coffee.
DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero elaborated on the envisioned agri-industrial business corridors and other transformative projects of the government, including private-public partnerships (PPPs). She noted the potential investment areas in fisheries, marine and aquaculture, namely for: aquaculture grow-out cages and ponds; hatcheries for aquaculture production and post-harvest facilities such as for proessing plants, feed mills and cold chains. The Undersecretary provided more details on the existence of three special economic zones: the agro-industrial, the agro-forestry and the aquamarine ones.
The Q&A session that followed had clearly shown that particular topics discussed by the key DA officials had peaked the interest of several French businesses, who expressed their hope to continue the dialogue with DA and relevant industry players, beyond this webinar, on respective areas they wished to explore.
21 April 2021 – DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero makes her presentation for the webinar on the agro-industrial business corridors and other transformative projects of the Department
The webinar, moderated by the Chairman of MEDEF International’s France-Philippines Business Council, Mr. Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, included the participation of Ms. Aileen Mendiola-Rau, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Philippine Embassy in Paris, H.E. Michèle Boccoz, French Ambassador to the Philippines, and other key representatives from the Philippine and French governments. A total of 98 participants were present at this virtual meeting.
21 April 2021 – Panelists, speakers and key organizers of the MEDEF International Webinar with the Philippine Department of Agriculture
In his closing remarks, Mr. François Burgaud, Chairman of Adepta, had affirmed the participants’ interest to have a series of sessions in the coming weeks to discuss in more detail prospects for cooperation or partnership, and expressed hope that the Philippine Embassy in Brussels’ Agriculture Office could assist in realizing this goal.
Adepta is a French business confederation made up of 200 agriculture and related companies. It will be merging with MEDEF International this year. MEDEF International prides itself as being the most representative organization of the French private sector at an international level. It has recently named Mr. Martin Ruby as its correspondent for the Philippines. END.
Moving away from silo approach to ensure people-centered growth – Philippines to UNESCO Executive Board
PH Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau during the 211th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board
13 April 2021, Paris – Philippine Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau delivered the Philippine national statement at the opening plenary of the 211th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board.
Noting that over 821 million learners are still affected by the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau called on UNESCO to be more responsive in meeting the demands of the future and to facilitate the education and lifelong learning process so both youth and adults can develop new competencies and be fit to face the future.
Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau advocated UNESCO’s continued mainstreaming of futures literary into the educational system so that no one is left behind and opportunities for learning will continue to be made available to those who are vulnerable, the forcibly displaced, the poor, and those in places affected by COVID-19. She also noted that digital transformation and innovation will be best achieved once allocation of funds is prioritized and adjusted.
In her statement, she also underscored the importance of Global Citizenship Education to combat hate and racism, with the aim of shaping inclusive multicultural societies.
Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau said that the Philippines welcomes UNESCO’s recommendations on Open Science and the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and expressed the hope that these recommendations will reap concrete benefits particularly for developing countries like the Philippines.
She also brought forward the proposal to generate discussion in UNESCO on the ocean-climate nexus which impacts on the conservation and preservation of natural and cultural heritage, disaster risk reduction and mitigation, and environmental protection.
She highlighted that “the Philippines will continue to strengthen its partnership with its local and international partners in promoting freedom of expression, press freedom, safety of journalists, and the right to access information, both online and offline.”
Noting the above, she mentioned that the Philippines stands ready to cooperate to ensure that UNESCO can be an agile organization ready to address new challenges.
Deputy Permanent Delegate Mendiola-Rau concluded by stating: “now more than ever, we should move away from the silo approach when we work on programs promoting education, culture, and science. Treatment of health and social issues should similarly move away from this silo approach. A transversal approach, one which cuts across sectors and considers human rights, is imperative to ensure a people-centered growth.”
“UNESCO must continue mainstreaming futures literary into the educational system so that no one is left behind and opportunities for learning will continue to be made available to those who are vulnerable, the forcibly displaced, the poor, and those in places affected by COVID-19.”
|Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau|
|Philippine Deputy Permanent Delegate|
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