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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) forms part of the Philippine’s delegation to the climate negotiations in the 28th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from November 30 to December 12, 2023, in Expo City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

ILS OIC-Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo attended with delegates to represent the country in the climate negotiations.  Specifically, Ms. Damo was able to join the panel and represented the country in the “Just Transition Pavilion’s Panel Discussion on the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection” on December 10.

The thematic agendas discussed were just transition in the energy sector, labor and employment, and social protection, among others. These areas are among the Institute’s study interests.

The event was built upon the previous climate negotiations since the implementation of the Paris Agreement in 2015 and tackled further global commitments to effectively address the pressing issue of climate change and advance the priorities of the country in the negotiations.

The country’s delegation to COP 28 comprised 16 government agencies and civil society organizations, with an estimated 200 registered onsite attendees. The Philippines signed the Paris Agreement in 2017.