Editors Note: This is an official statement by Alyansa Tigil Mina which we are posting to share to the public. This is not our statement but we believe it deserves to be shared.
We strongly criticize the arrogant, self-righteous, myopic and misplaced decision of the Philippine government not to participate in international climate talks.
We have been diligently following and engaging in the climate negotiations for the last 12 years, as civil society organizations and peoples movements from developing countries. We are keenly aware and have been hugely disappointed at the outcomes and how governments have behaved and the positions they have taken. But we have not come close to deciding to stop coming to these very critical international processes.
To hear the Duterte government completely abandon its responsibility to fight for the interests and well-being of the people of the Philippines in the international arena in the face of a global crisis requiring urgent global solutions, is deeply disturbing.