The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) conducted the “Course on Climate Change” on 6, 11, 13, 18, and 20 July 2023. This 5-day introductory training initiative aimed to equip the thirty-three (33) participants from the Home Office (HO), Consular Offices (CO), Philippine Foreign Service Posts (FSPs) (Kuwait, Dubai, Hanoi, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Vancouver), and FSI with vital and timely knowledge on climate justice and its intersection with social and political landscapes. The series of synchronous sessions encapsulated relevant data and information on the current climate situation, its linkage with diplomacy and policy-making, and its varying effects on the economy, health, and intersection with gender equality.
Experts from various government departments and from a non-governmental organization presented in-depth and grassroot analyses on the legal and policy frameworks and responses to climate change. The speakers’ diverse field of expertise brought both unique and interlocking perspectives, enabling the participants to understand climate change science, and the complexity of the factors affecting climate change and its consequences to the environment and human life.