UN conference on climate action: COP25 in Madrid
The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) was held in Madrid, Spain—from December 2 to 13, 2019—under the Chilean presidency. The world came together again to continue to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement to reduce pollution, build resilience, and push forward international climate initiatives.
At the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25), the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, delivered the national statement on climate action in Canada and abroad.
Read the full transcript. (PDF)
Canada remained committed to maintaining the momentum behind the Paris Agreement, with climate action at home and leadership across the globe. Canada’s delegation was led by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, supported by Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Patricia Fuller. Learn more about Minister Wilkinson’s background in clean technology and climate change.
Canada’s Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, Catherine Stewart, led Canada’s participation in negotiations. The Canadian delegation brought together diverse perspectives on climate change and climate action and included the following representatives:
- Provinces and territories
- National Indigenous organizations
- Environmental groups
- Health professionals
- Members of Parliament
Canada’s action at home
Canada’s plan for climate change puts Canada on the path to meeting the Paris Agreement goal of reducing our economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. A price on carbon pollution applies across Canada, helping Canadians save money and energy, reduce emissions, drive innovation, and compete in the emerging global low-carbon economy.
Supporting developing countries
Canada is a leader in international climate action, and COP provides a forum for the Government to demonstrate progress, alongside international partners, on many initiatives including phasing out coal, driving zero plastic waste, protecting nature, and advancing innovative finance for coastal resilience. Canada is delivering $2.65 billion by 2020–21 to support developing countries in their transition to resilient, low-carbon economies.
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