KGP3 2017 aims to bring together businesses, government agencies, environmental advocates, and practitioners and serve as a platform to discuss current trends and open opportunities for partnership. This biennial advocacy event will highlight three themes: Bamboo and Wood Industry for Sustainable Forestry, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) on Green Public Procurement and Ecolabelling, and finally, Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage. A Conveners’ Committee will be formed to lead the promotion of the event, and act as advisers and advocacy icons.
This event was formally launched on 24 March 2017. The launch kicked off a series of pre-event activities designed for promotion and exhibition. The highlight was the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation 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, the Philippine Wood Producers Association, and the Advance SCP project.
Sen. Koko Pimentel, who supports and endorses the event, emphasized in his keynote speech that “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.”
The event is organized by the Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc (PCEPSDI), the administrator of the National Ecolabelling Programme Green Choice Philippines. Apart from the KGP3 Conference, PCEPSDI is also in partnership with the Advance SCP project in developing climate-relevant criteria for ecolabel and Green Public Procurement priority products.
- Mr. Thomas Lehmann