Ministerial meetings on climate action

Ministerial meetings on climate action are co-hosted by Canada, China, and the European Union. They bring together key partners to advance the goals of the Paris Agreement. Participants include the following:

  • ministers and other representatives from major economies
  • key climate change leaders

These meetings also provide a forum to discuss the economic opportunities with global business leaders.

2020 ministerial meeting

Event details and location
July 7, 2020
Virtual meeting hosted by the European Union

This fourth meeting brings climate change to the forefront of decisions on directions and investments during the COVID-19 recovery. Ministers and representatives of more than 30 countries focus on how the world can be strategic in recovery and stimulus plans so that we can advance climate action and accelerate progress toward our longer-term climate goals.

Summary of 2020 ministerial meeting on climate action

“Canada is committed to building a stronger, more resilient, and more sustainable economy as the world begins to emerge from COVID-19. We must act now to meet and exceed our Paris Agreement targets and chart a course to net-zero emissions by 2050, and MOCA is a key platform to work together on these shared goals.”

– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

2019 ministerial meeting

Event details and location
June 28, 2019
Brussels, Belgium

At this meeting, countries continue international cooperation in implementing Paris Agreement climate commitments by exploring how to scale-up actions, mobilize investment from the private sector and enhance global ambition.

2018 ministerial meeting

Event details and location
June 20 to 21, 2018
Brussels, Belgium

Summary of 2018 ministerial meeting on climate action

“Canadians expect our government to take ambitious action to fight climate change at home and abroad. These meetings with other international climate leaders were essential to continue building momentum toward the ambitious global action we need to keep our climate safe and realize the opportunities of the transition to cleaner economic growth. We will continue to work with our national and international partners to ensure we can all meet our Paris commitments to protect our planet for our kids and grandkids.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

2017 ministerial meeting

On September 17, 2017, ministers and representatives from over 30 countries met in Montréal, Canada. The first ministerial meeting on climate action focused on how climate action will:

  • grow the economy
  • improve health
  • protect the environment

Summary of ministerial meeting on climate action

“We are all in this together. National governments are committed to implementing the Paris Agreement, and they are increasingly collaborating with other levels of governments, business, and citizens to develop innovative solutions and accelerate climate action. Together, we can find solutions to make real change.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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