Canada at COP26
Summary of Canada’s actions at COP26
- Prime Minister Trudeau delivered Canada’s National Statement at COP26 and announced enhanced and ambitious climate action to cut pollution.
- Prime Minister Trudeau concludes productive UN climate summit.
- Canada announces climate finance commitments to help developing countries adapt to climate change.
- Canada signs UK global forest finance pledge.
Wednesday Nov. 3
- Natural Resources Canada Minister Jonathan Wilkinson participated in a press conference with Germany on the $100 Billion Climate Finance Delivery Plan
- Environment and Climate Change Canada Minister Steven Guilbeault announced $20 million from the Government of Canada to Montreal’s GHGSat to expand their fleet of high-tech satellites. GHGSat's satellites will help to monitor and detect climate warming methane emissions around the world. Canada will also share this data with the new International Methane Emissions Observatory.
Thursday Nov. 4
- Environment and Climate Change Canada Minister Steven Guilbeault spoke today at the Powering the world past coal event where Canada and the UK, as co-leads of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, welcomed 28 new members from around the world to the alliance.
- Canada announces commitment to end new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel sector by the end of 2022
Friday Nov. 5
- At Canada’s official COP26 side event hosted by Indigenous Clean Energy, Canada announced investments in a New Global Initiative for Transitioning Remote Communities to Renewable Energy.
Saturday Nov. 6
- The Government of Canada increases nature protection ambition to address dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change
- Canada to ensure that more than $1B of its climate finance addresses the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss
Tuesday Nov. 9
At a glance
Minister Steven Guilbeault of Environment and Climate Change Canada led Canada’s delegation for the Ministerial segment of COP26, supported by Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Patricia Fuller. The Prime Minister of Canada led Canada’s delegation for the World Leader’s Summit on November 1-2, 2021.
The delegation included representatives from various groups, including members from each federal opposition party, representatives from provinces and territories as well as National Indigenous Organizations and Representatives (NIORs). The delegation also included representation from environmental groups, business, labour, youth and Canadian municipalities. The Canadian delegation list (PDF) is available on the UNFCCC’s website.
Steven Kuhn, Canada’s Chief Negotiator for Climate Change, led Canada’s participation in the negotiations.
Canada will continue to be a leader in ensuring diverse perspectives on climate change and climate action are reflected in international climate action forums such as COP. We continue to promote local communities, the Indigenous Peoples platform and the Gender Action Plan. Canada recognizes the need to mobilize all in the fight against climate change, and the key is to take into account diverse perspectives.
International climate finance
Developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, are the hardest hit by climate change. Many have limited capacity to prevent and cope with the consequences of climate change, like severe weather, drought and flooding. International climate finance refers to local, national or transnational financing that seeks to support mitigation and adaptation actions that will address climate change. Developed countries made a commitment to mobilize $100 billion USD each year in international climate finance to developing countries and small island states between 2020 and 2025.
Achieving net-zero emissions means our economy either emits no greenhouse gas emissions or offsets its emissions, for example, through actions such as tree planting or employing technologies that can capture carbon before it is released into the air. Canada has joined with over 120 countries, including the other G7 countries, in committing to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Indigenous leadership, knowledge and unique insights into the natural world are essential in tackling climate change. Indigenous Peoples in Canada are leaders in environmental stewardship.
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