Rainier A. Ibana earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University in 1989. He then taught at Ateneo de Manila University and served as Chair of the Philosophy Department from 1999 until 2008 when he became a member of UNESCO’s National Commission of the Philippines. From 2013 until 2018, he chaired the Working Group on Environmental Ethics of UNESCO’s COMEST (World Commission for the Ethics of Science and Technology). While serving in the Steering Committee of “Transformations to Sustainability” (2013-2018), a programme of the International Science Council, he coordinated the Asia-Pacific section of UNESCO’s Philosophy Manual: A South-south Perspective (Paris: UNESCO, 2014) and crafted UNESCO’s MOOC course: Climate Change Ethics: Lessons from the Global South (London: FutureLearn, 2016) as its primary educator. He was also tasked to join the Adhoc Drafting Committee of UNESCO’s Declaration on Ethical Principles for Climate Change Ethics which was approved by UNESCO’s member states in 2017. He is current Editor of Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture and President of the Philosophy for Children and Youth Network in Asia-Pacific. His most recent teaching assignments include Philosophy of the Human Person (Political and Metaphysical tracks), Ethics, and Environmental Ethics.
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