It’s really sad when no one listens.
Not a year ago, in the wake of Typhoon Bopha, the Philippines’ lead climate negotiator, Naderev Saño, delivered a tearful plea to diplomats assembled in Doha:
Madam chair, we have never had a typhoon like Bopha, which has wreaked havoc in a part of the country that has never seen a storm like this in half a century. And heartbreaking tragedies like this are not unique to the Philippines, because the whole world, especially developing countries struggling to address poverty and achieve social and human development, confront these same realities.
Madam chair, I speak on behalf of 100 million Filipinos, a quarter of a million of whom are eking out a living working here in Qatar [as migrant laborers]. And I am making an urgent appeal, not as a negotiator, not as a leader of my delegation, but as a Filipino.
He continued, in tears:
I appeal to…
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