Canada continues to play leadership role in Paris Agreement negotiations at COP24

News release

December 10, 2018 – Katowice, Poland

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, began her first day at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

Canada was instrumental in negotiating the Paris Agreement in 2015 and continues to promote global climate action at COP24.

COP24 is the result of three years of work toward finalizing the most important climate agreement the global community has ever reached—the Paris Agreement. Canada is working diligently at the negotiating table to finalize the set of rules that will put the Paris Agreement into action.

The Paris Agreement rulebook will outline how countries will commit to fighting climate change and how each country will report on its progress. The rules will enable countries to see progress on climate action and identify areas requiring increased ambition.

A recent report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that developed countries—including Canada—are on track to meeting climate finance commitments and that climate finance continues to increase. Canada is proud to be providing $2.65 billion over five years to advance international climate change objectives.

During the first week of COP24, Canada’s negotiating team played a leading role in identifying solutions and addressing obstacles in the final push toward consensus on the Paris Agreement rulebook.


“Over the course of the next week, Canada will continue to lead in these critical negotiations. We all need to do our part to find solutions to fight climate change at home and abroad. By working together, we can do right by our planet, unlock the huge economic opportunity of clean growth, and ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change


Caroline Thériault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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