WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic
Council, issued the following national statement at the 19th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on
"It is a privilege to be here in Warsaw representing Canada at these
very important negotiations. Throughout the past few days, I have seen
the determination and will of nations to come together and take
"As an Inuk from Canada's North, I come from a culture whose
relationship with the land and water is an important part of our
identity and everyday lives. We understand how essential it is to
safeguard the quality of our air, water and natural environment. And we
know that economic growth and environmental stewardship must go
"Canada is taking a leadership role in international climate change
efforts by focusing on delivering significant environmental and
economic benefits for all Canadians. For example, through its sector by
sector regulatory approach, our Government has already taken action on
two of its largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions—transportation
"This approach has made Canada the first major coal user to ban the
construction of traditional coal-fired electricity generation units. In
fact, in the first 21 years, these regulations are expected to result
in a cumulative reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of about 214
megatons, equivalent to removing some 2.6 million personal vehicles per
year from the road.
"Building on this strong record, we are now working with provinces to
reduce emissions from the oil and gas sectors while ensuring Canadian
companies remain competitive.
"Canada continues to invest in clean technology and drive innovation at
home and abroad. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken action
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable
environment through more than $10 billion in investments to support
green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and
the production of cleaner energy and fuels. Our Government is also
making significant investments in domestic climate change adaptation
which will support federal programs that improve our scientific
understanding of climate change and help Canadians prepare for
climate-related impacts, particularly in Canada's North.
"Our actions domestically are delivering clear results as Canadian
greenhouse gas emissions have decreased while our economy has
significantly grown for the same timeframe.
"Internationally, Canada's largest ever contribution of $1.2 billion in
fast-start financing is having a positive impact in more than 60
countries, notably by supporting climate change adaptation initiatives
in the most vulnerable nations, and by successfully leveraging private
sector financing for climate change projects throughout the world.
"In Africa—in countries like Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Ghana—, we are
helping farmers to develop climate-smart agricultural practices. In
Asia—in countries like Thailand, Cambodia and India—, we are supporting
research to better understand the impacts of climate change on water
and ecosystems. In Latin America and the Caribbean—in countries like
Bolivia, Haiti, and Guatemala—, we are providing a broad range of
support to help communities more effectively respond to the impacts of
"We are also active in a number of international initiatives to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and short-lived climate pollutants which
complement our essential work under the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change.
"As chair of the Arctic Council, Canada is co-leading, with Sweden, a
new task force to reduce pollutants like black carbon and methane.
Canada is also co-leading, with the United States, work on adaptation
including the development of an online information portal to help
decision-makers better manage climate risks.
"As a founding member and a major contributor of the Climate and Clean
Air Coalition, we are leading initiatives to address short-lived
climate pollutants from agriculture, heavy-duty diesel vehicles and
engines, and municipal solid waste.
"And together with the United States and Mexico, we are leading
international efforts to use the expertise and institutions of the
Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and consumption of
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to re-iterate our support
to establishing a fair and effective climate change agreement that
includes commitments by all major emitters.
"This agreement must support constructive and ambitious global action,
balance environmental protection and economic prosperity, and
effectively capture the full range of countries' capabilities and
responsibilities now and in the future."
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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