MOSCOW, Russia, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, will lead the
Canadian delegation at the 40th Anniversary of the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar
Bears in Moscow, Russia, from December 4-6, 2013.
"Our Government is committed to proper conservation of the polar bear,
while ensuring that the rights of Aboriginal peoples who continue to
rely on the polar bear for food, clothing and livelihood are maintained
and respected," said Minister Aglukkaq.
The Polar Bear Range States (Canada, the United States, Norway, Russia,
and the Kingdom of Denmark), who represent the parties to the 1973
Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears meet biennially to advance
polar bear management and conservation. To celebrate 40 years of
cooperation, this year's meeting will open with a high-level session on
December 4, which will be followed by technical discussion on December
5 on polar bear conservation efforts at a circumpolar scale.
While in Russia, Minister Aglukkaq will also engage with senior Russian
interlocutors and business representatives on cooperation during
Canada's Arctic Council Chairmanship.
Canada assumed the two-year Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in May
2013. The theme for Canada's Chairmanship is Development for the People
of the North, with a focus on responsible Arctic resource development,
safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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