UN conference on climate action: COP27 in Egypt

The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from November 6-18, 2022. More information about COP27 can be found on the Egyptian presidency's official website (English only).

Canada will be participating in COP27 to support successful and ambitious outcomes that are in line with the Paris Agreement's long term goals. Parties are expected to continue and increase their mitigation efforts in order to keep the goal of limiting global temperature increase to 1.5ºC within reach, build adaptive capacity and resilience, and deliver on climate finance commitments. The Conference of the Parties (COP) is an annual meeting that brings together the 197 Parties to the UNFCCC.

COP27 will also be an opportunity to showcase Canadian climate action. Months ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, Canada announced its new ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution to cut emissions by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Government of Canada established the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan on March 29, 2022 to provide a credible roadmap to achieve Canada's 2030 target and put us on a path towards net-zero emissions by 2050. Canada is also finalizing our first National Adaptation Strategy in 2022 and delivering on our five-year (2021-2026) $5.3 billion international climate finance commitment.

The latest science, including the 2022 Sixth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, points to climate change intensifying across the planet, at a time when the other global crises of biodiversity loss and pollution are also coming into sharp focus. That's why Canada is taking strong action at home and demonstrating leadership overseas.

Canada’s delegation

The Government of Canada is committed to taking a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach to climate change action. Full participation from Canadians in all parts of the country and all sectors of the economy is essential to building an effective path forward that both achieves Canada’s climate goals for 2030 and 2050 and builds a prosperous economy. Canada recognizes the need to mobilize as many resources as possible in the fight against climate change, and the key is to take into account diverse perspectives.

Minister Steven Guilbeault is leading Canada’s delegation to COP27, supported by Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change, Catherine Stewart. Steven Kuhn, Canada’s Chief Negotiator for Climate Change will lead Canada’s participation in the negotiations.

Canada’s COP27 delegation includes representatives from various groups, including parliamentarians representing both the House of Commons and the Senate, representatives from civil society organizations, business, labour, most provinces and territories as well as Indigenous representatives and youth. This year one member of the new Environment and Climate Change Youth Council will join Canada’s delegation to COP27.

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