Engagements with Philippine government agencies
Aligned with its mandate, AKP consistently engages with national government agencies, such as the Climate Change Commission and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, to monitor the progress of implementation of climate policies and programs, promote inclusivity in decision-making, and bring the voices of the most vulnerable into the policymaking table.
Lobbying for climate policies to the Philippine Congress
Aligned with its mandate, AKP actively participates in meetings and holds dialogues with Philippine lawmakers, most notably the House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change, to lobby for laws and policies aligned with more urgent, effective, inclusive, just, and sustainable climate action, and provide recommendations regarding the most critical climate issues facing the nation.
Publication of thought pieces on news and media platforms
AKP, through its National Coordinator, publishes weekly articles, op-eds, and feature articles in reputable international and local media and news platforms, including the following: Illuminem, the YECAP Blog, Rappler, The Manila Times, Licas News, Oeconomedia, and Sun Star Manila.
Work on faith-based action and climate education at SB58
At SB58 in Bonn, Germany, AKP focused on helping strengthen ties between the Philippine and Holy See delegations, considering their shared positions on many climate issues, and calling for enhancing the implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment as a means of both sustainably addressing multiple workstreams and upholding intergenerational justice.
Establishing funding arrangements against loss and damage
In mid-2023, AKP participated in regional and global meetings on the development of the funding arrangements to address loss and damage, as agreed upon at COP27. The network provided inputs into the structure, financial flows, governance arrangements, and enhancing complementarity, coherence, and cooperation regarding these funding arrangements.
Active climate-related engagements with multilateral banks
In mid-2023, AKP participated in consultations for several plans and platforms addressing climate change mitigation, especially on just energy transition, as funded by the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, among other similar institutions. The network consistently calls for accountability, transparency, and increased provision of financing that does not further burden the most vulnerable.
Development of the Philippines’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
AKP successfully lobbied for additions into the draft NAP during the August 2023 consultations, including: a social dimension of ecosystems and biodiversity-based adaptation; self-sufficiency for agriculture; the unique circumstances of indigenous peoples in adaptation; and designing adaptation programs with co-benefits for mitigation, COVID-19 recovery, and the SDGs.
National Convening of Philippine CSOs on Just Energy Transition
On September 2023, AKP partnered with Oxfam Pilipinas to bring together over 70 CSO and community representatives to develop strategies to address critical issues on just energy transition, sustainable renewable energy, energy transition minerals, and net-zero emissions, and their implications on climate action, human rights, and sustainable development.
Climate Justice Walk
AKP members joined the 1000-kilometer, 30-day pilgrimage from Manila to Tacloban to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the landfall of super-typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines. Along the way, the group visited communities hardest hit by said storm and succeeded in lobbying to a few local government units to declare a climate emergency, commit to scaled up adaptation and mitigation solutions, and call for greater accountability from big polluters.
“Found and Rebuilt“: Forum on loss and damage in Tacloban
On 9 November 2023, AKP, in partnership with Greenpeace Philippines, Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Philippines, and Living Laudato Si’ Philippines conducted a forum where government, faith-based, civil society, and community representatives expressed their insights and calls for addressing loss and damage.