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Q&A: Alicia Ilaga at COP19 in Warsaw



The super typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines last week, attaining wind speeds of up to 315 kilometres per hour and leaving thousands dead or homeless in its wake, is a stark reminder of what is at stake at the 19th UN Conference of Parties taking place in Warsaw, Poland (11-22 November).

"The time for negotiations is over," said Alicia Ilaga, a Filipino delegate.

"What we need now is action. In 2013 we have already experienced 22 devastating typhoons. Our country can't afford it, yet the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] confirms that this will become a steady trend and the process can't be halted now."
 
Image courtesy of Lou Del Bello.