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Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga shared the Philippines' current action plans to ensure food security in the country at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Ministerial Dialogue and Breakfast on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly last September 19 in New York City. Loyzaga shared the vital role of science in coming up with climate projections for anticipatory planning of food systems and security, and with other country representatives, further discussed food security, nutrition, and efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems as critical to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With the theme, ”Scaling Up Action and Investment for an Integrated Biodiversity-Climate-Food Nexus Approach,” the dialogue was an opportunity for member states and other stakeholders to discuss the many ways in which prioritizing agrifood systems transformations can widely contribute to end poverty, improve health and education outcomes, empower women, ensure the optimized use of natural resources as well as sustainable consumption and production, create decent jobs and livelihood opportunities, reduce inequalities and rural-urban disparities, and tackle climate crisis and biodiversity loss. ###

Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (1st from right) joined global leaders and change makers around the world in calling for countries to ratify the Agreement on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement) during the High-Level Meeting on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) last September 20 in New York City. Loyzaga said it is essential to unite under the BBNJ Agreement to safeguard the oceans’ biodiversity, and highlighted the Philippines’ commitment to work towards the entry into force of the High Seas Treaty by the 2025 UN Ocean Conference. Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary and Head of the Philippine delegation to the UNGA 78, Enrique Manalo, signed the BBNJ Agreement along with 67 other states on the same day. Among the changemakers in attendance was National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle (3rd from right), a staunch advocate for ocean conservation and education, and holds the record for deepest walk on the sea floor. Earle is a world-renowned expert on marine biology and is the first woman to lead the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Actresses and climate advocates Jane Fonda and Sigourney Weaver were also present in the joint effort to fast track the High Seas Treaty by the 2025 UN Ocean Conference. ###

Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (3rd from right) participated in the Green Shipping Coalition Roundtable discussion on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly last September 19 in New York City. The event, hosted by Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs of Denmark Morten Bødskov (5th from left) and Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Kitack Lim (4th from left), was an informal dialogue on how to accelerate the green transition of the shipping industry in line with the IMO Climate Strategy. During the meeting, the participants discussed the challenges that need to be addressed in greening the shipping industry in terms of fuel, technology, training, and supply chain, among others. Loyzaga shared the Philippines’ actions and initiatives, highlighting how President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. made logistics and transport improvement among his socio-economic goals. She also highlighted the country’s robust partnership with the private sector for the upskilling and reskilling of seafarers, noting that there is still a need to redesign the training of Philippine seafarers for emerging skills and equipment.###

Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga highlighted the Philippine priority on concrete climate action at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development roundtable: Scaling Up Affordable and Accessible International Public Financing for Sustainable Development and Ensuring Efficiency last September 20 in New York City. Loyzaga added the country’s actions and initiatives to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She said the Philippines is adopting a holistic approach to achieve sustainable economic growth, while safeguarding the population and resources from climate change. ###

To foster a culture of continuous learning, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started the conduct of ENR ‘brown bag sessions.’ The first of which, on Nature-Based Solutions for Climate and Disaster Resilience was attended by First Philippine Holdings Chief Sustainability Officer Agnes de Jesus (4th from left) who shared practices on mitigating climate change and net zero initiatives at the corporate level. Joining the brown bag session were DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (3rd from left), and other officials including (from left) Undersecretary Marilou Erni, Assistant Secretary Noralene Uy, and Undersecretaries Jonas Leones and Juan Miguel Cuna, and DENR employees. ###