Group Forges to Commit for Kalikasan GP3 2017

The continuing green fervour that aims to advance climate-smart businesses and concur the country’s commitments on global actions for Climate Change, a group formed to advance Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the country is hugging the lime lights at the next staging of the “Kaliksan Green Productivity, Green Purchasing Towards Green Philippines 2017”, launched earlier by the country’s leading sustainability advocates.

With the Senate approving on second hearing the revisions for the Paris Treaty, this year’s event theme hopes to complement this feat with its theme: “Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in Addressing Climate Challenges”. A Memorandum of Cooperation was forged between 14 public and private organizations, among them DENR, DTI, DOST, DOT, Quezon City LGU, SM Supermalls, Ayala Land, Philippine Green Building Council, Philippine Business for the Environment, Foreign Chamber Council of the Philippines and the Philippine Wood Producers Association, that was endorsed by the Senate President Aquilino “KOKO” Pimentel III, as one of the supporting personalities of the event. The event that was launched will take place on September 21-23 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, SM Mall of Asia Complex.

In his Key Note speech at this Launching, Sen Koko Pimentel emphasized, “Addressing climate change is a central overriding concern of global actions for sustainability. The Philippines, in its commitment to the Paris Treaty for Climate Change, needs to shape its development agenda for the promotion of sustainable consumption and production.”

Organized by the National Ecolabelling Programme-Green Choice Philippines (NELP-GCP), the advocacy event aims to gather increased commitments for deeper inroad actions in addressing climate challenges, and advancing sustainable consumption and production practices.

For the last six years, the Kalikasan GP3 Expo Conference has served as a valuable forum and convergence for buyers’ increased awareness on green products available in the market; and the acquisition of knowledge and shared experiences on green business practices and production technologies. Garnering more than 200 local and international trade exhibitors in the past years, Kalikasan GP3 hopes to gather some 300 exhibitors and some 600 conference participants for this year.

Green traders, manufacturers, service providers and the general public are all expected to benefit from the array of activities lined up for the three-day expo-conference.

Also during the Launching, a back-to-back event celebrating the 14th Anniversary of NELP-GCP was highlighted by the awarding of citations to the men and women who had made the NELP-GCP a success. “With the continuous evolvement of the programme, we hope to gather more commitments for the adoption of sustainable production and consumption, to contribute to the country efforts on climate change mitigation and adaptation” pointed by Nereus Acosta, former Presidential Adviser for Environment Protection and presently the Chairperson of the Phil. Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc , which administers the NELP-GCP.

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