The Climate Change Commission is spearheading this year’s observance of the Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week from 19 to 25 November 2018 with the theme The 1.5° Celsius Climate Challenge: Survive and Thrive Together.

The observance will highlight the whole-of-government climate action together with sustainable development stakeholders. A week-long conference aims to synergize the country’s vision and policy direction towards green economy and low-carbon future, informed by the latest climate science and technology, knowledge and best practices on climate change resilience.


The opening ceremonies on Monday, 19 November 2018, at the SMX Convention Center in Mall of Asia Complex will be led by Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission.

Senator Loren B. Legarda, Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, and, at the same time, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Champion for Resilience and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Champion for National Adaptation Plans, will deliver the keynote.

The President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, as Chairman of the Climate Change Commission, will share his Vision for a Climate-Resilient Philippines.

Invited speakers for the plenary sessions include Lourdes Tibig, PhD, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission, on The Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the Global Warming of 1.5°C; Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, S.J., PhD, Professor, School of Science and Engineering, Ateneo de Davao University, on The Philippine Climate Change Outlook; and Commissioner Rachel Anne S. Herrera, Climate Change Commission; Mr. Heherson T. Alvarez, Former Vice-Chairperson, Climate Change Commission, Mr. Vince S. Perez, Former Secretary of Energy, Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua, Department of Education, Assistant Secretary Lorenzo A. Clavejo, Director, National Security Council, on The Philippine Climate Policy Landscape to be moderated by Bloomberg TV news anchor Roby Alampay.

Invited to deliver their statements on climate action include the Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. de la Pena on Linking Science, Policy and Climate Action; Department of Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones on Advancing Climate Change Department of Labor and Employment; Mr. Ramon San Pascual, Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm Asia; and Dr. Linda L. Milan, Former Director, World Health Organization.

And the last thematic panel on Mobilizing Clean Energy, Finance, and Investment to be moderated by Atty. Pedro H. Maniego, Jr., Senior Adviser, Climate Change Commission, will include Mr. Jesus P. Posadas, Undersecretary, Department of Energy; Ms. Airene M. Robinson, Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation; Mr. Lawrence S. Fernandez, Vice President, Meralco; Mr. Renato Redentor Constantino, Executive Director, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities; and Mr. Alexander Ablaza, Director, Blue Sky Energy Asia.

Secretaries Emmanuel F. Piñol of Agriculture, Roy A. Cimatu of the Environment and Natural Resources, Francisco T. Duque III of Health, Ramon M. Lopez of Trade and Industry, and Alfonso G. Cusi of Energy, will deliver their respective leadership resolve and commitments to climate action.