Canada’s Approach for Implementing the Paris Agreement

A review of the potential environmental impacts of the Paris Agreement.

In December 2015, we played a leadership role in reaching a historic agreement with 194 Parties in Paris to address climate change. The Paris Agreement aims to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees. Canada has played a leadership role in implementing the Paris Agreement. This was through multilateral and bilateral engagement, and providing support to the poorest and most vulnerable countries. In November 2015, Canada announced a historic pledge of $2.65 billion in climate finance over 5 years. This contribution represents Canada’s largest climate finance contribution ever.  The full amount of Canada’s climate finance support will help developing countries transition to low-carbon economies and build climate resilience. This is achieved by supporting actions in developing countries that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help build resilience to the impacts of climate change. This will contribute to limiting global temperature rise and help manage the adverse effects of climate change.

The effective implementation of the Paris Agreement will enhance international cooperation and strengthen the global response to climate change. Indirect outcomes include:

  • conserving and restoring ecosystems, wildlife and habitat
  • protecting Canadians

The proposal supports the 2013 to 2016 the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) “Climate Change” goal. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) provides assistance that is in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “Climate Action”.  

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