Environment and Climate Change Minister wraps up participation in UN General Assembly

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada is an active global leader and we are working with our international partners to address climate change at home and abroad.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, just finished a successful visit to New York from September 20 to 22 while the United Nations General Assembly was in progress.

On the margins of the General Assembly, Minister McKenna:

  • met with Canadian CEOs and provincial representatives leading carbon pricing in Canada to discuss their views;
  • engaged in a lively discussion on the role of carbon pricing solutions in a clean economy as part of a panel discussion hosted by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Panel (CPLC);
  • highlighted Canada's commitment to an amendment to phase down climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and with members of the High Ambition Coalition;
  • shared Canada's commitment to advancing Canada's leadership on gender and climate change alongside the Troika+ of Women Leaders on Gender and Climate Change; and
  • met with UN Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim to announce Canada will host World Environment Day in 2017.

The Minister also met with many of her ministerial counterparts from around the world including New Zealand, Maldives, Norway, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom to discuss their climate change challenges and opportunities for closer cooperation in seeking solutions.


"Seeing the world come together right now for the UN General Assembly reminds Canadians that we are stronger united. No one country can stop climate change. But by coming together with our national and international partners, we learn new approaches, find new solutions and make sure Canadians take full advantage of new opportunities offered by a clean growth economy. That is why I have spent the past three days meeting with Ministers, business leaders and thought-leaders from around the world and why our government is working with the provinces and territories to develop a national climate plan that will make our country cleaner and more competitive for Canadian families and businesses."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Associated links

Canada will host World Environment Day in 2017

Canada shows leadership on carbon pricing at UN Climate Week


SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free); Environment and Climate Change Canada's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/environmentca; Environment and Natural Resources in Canada's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentandNaturalResourcesinCanada/?fref=ts; Environment and Climate Change Canada on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/environmentcan/


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