Marcos: APEC summit 'successful,' climate change 'overarching' concern among world leaders

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Thailand was “successful” and world leaders made many agreements during the regional economic forum.

The President also said climate change was the most raised concern among world leaders.

"The overarching global concern for everyone is, and should be, the climate change issues. Every discussion that we had, you can talk about the economy, you can talk about geopolitics, you can talk about anything and the subject of climate change will make itself felt,” Marcos said upon returning to Manila from Bangkok on Saturday night.

"This is something that we all seem to have realized, and we have come together to try to mitigate," he added.

Marcos earlier appealed to APEC leaders to address climate change, which he described as “the greatest existential threat” affecting the region.

The two-day APEC summit was attended by the 21 member economies: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.

Marcos was able to meet with leaders of Australia, China, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia, among others on the sidelines of the APEC summit.

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"The problems that we have identified seem to be the same problems for most of the countries. In other words, we have consonance of views and analysis on the things that are to be of concern. The solutions for that are things we now have formulated," he said.

Marcos said food supply, digitalization, and empowerment of women were among other issues he discussed with fellow APEC leaders.

"I have discussed issues with all the leaders of the Asia-Pacific. They now know me. They know what the Philippine position is on several issues," he added.

Marcos earlier called the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine “unacceptable” as he joined fellow APEC leaders’ appeal for both countries to explore diplomatic solutions.

Things to follow up

Marcos also had meetings with business leaders who are eyeing to invest in the Philippines.

"There's much we can start to develop because some of the bilaterals were with private corporations who want to invest in the Philippines. Those are the things we have to follow up [on]," the President said.

In an event with the Filipino community in Thailand, Marcos said he discussed issues on agriculture, inflation, and preparations for potential crises with APEC leaders.

"Kaya babawasan natin ang importation, titibayin natin ang ating sarili, agrikultura, sariling negosyo upang kung sakali mang magkaron ulit ng krisis tulad ng pandemya, krisis kagaya ng sa Ukraine, tayo ay nakahanda na, kaya natin pakainin ang ating kababayan," he told fellow Filipinos.

[Translation: We will reduce importation, we will strengthen our agriculture, our businesses, so that when another crisis happens, like the pandemic and the armed conflict in Ukraine, we are ready, we can feed our countrymen.]

"Marami rin kaming nagawa, maraming naging agreement. Sana mafa-follow up natin ito pag-uwi at sana sa lalong madaling panahon, bago matapos ang susunod na taon, ay may makita na tayong resulta sa ating mga ginawa," he added.

[Translation: We have done a lot and made many agreements. I hope we can follow up on these when we go home and hopefully soon, before the end of next year, we will see the results.]