Canada advanced climate action and remains committed to ambitious global action as United Nations Climate Change Conference concludes
“Science tells us—and our citizens have told us—that we need to not only meet our Paris target but exceed it. Canada came to COP25 in the spirit of compromise and commitment to action. While there were some successes, we are disappointed that the world was not able to agree on the rules for the international carbon markets that would help us all raise our ambition in Madrid. Canada will keep working with our global partners to land on effective rules for international markets at next year’s COP. I am proud of Canada’s contribution to the work at COP25, including our commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Canada will continue to work towards meeting our Paris Agreement commitments at home and providing support to developing countries as they reduce emissions and adapt to the consequences of climate change.”
– Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
While at COP25, the number of endorsees of the Ocean Plastics Charter reached 85, with the addition of Chile; Rwanda; Finland; and The Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra. Endorsees commit to moving toward a more resource-efficient and sustainable approach to the management of plastics.
Six new members joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance, committing to accelerating the phase-out of traditional coal power. The Alliance has grown to 97 countries, regional governments, businesses, and other organizations, since Canada and the United Kingdom launched it at COP23, in 2017.
At COP25, Canada and other countries also revised the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan to further advance women-led and gender-responsive climate action at national and multilateral levels and agreed to a work plan for the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform.
- Canada’s National Statement at COP25
- Canada welcomes new members to the Powering Past Coal Alliance at COP25 (News release)
- Canada announces support for new carbon pricing initiative at COP25 (News release)
- Canada spearheads global action to reduce plastic pollution, at COP25 (News release)
- At COP25, Minister Wilkinson meets with climate negotiators Canada helped to train (Photo release)
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