NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Leona Aglukkaq will travel to New York City from September 20 to 23, 2014. The Minister will represent Canada at a number of climate change meetings.
While in New York, Minister Aglukkaq will attend the United Nations Secretary-General's Climate Summit on Tuesday, September 23. Minister Aglukkaq will also attend the Climate Finance Ministerial, which encourages and mobilizes private-sector climate finance, and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which works to facilitate international climate negotiations among 17 major world economies.
Canada's efforts to curb climate change extend beyond the United Nations Framework. To this end, Minister Aglukkaq will also participate in the High Level Assembly for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Canada is a founding member and plays a leadership role within the Coalition, which aims to advance efforts to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in ways that protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change.
Through the course of the meetings, Minister Aglukkaq will highlight the domestic and international actions that Canada is taking to address climate change. The Government of Canada's actions are achieving results while keeping the Canadian economy strong. The government is doing this through a sector-by-sector regulatory approach to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, record investments in green energy, and taking a leadership role in international climate change efforts.
- The Government of Canada is implementing a sector-by-sector regulatory approach to reduce GHG emissions.
- The Government has already taken action on two of Canada's largest sources of GHG emissions—transportation and electricity.
- As a result of collective action by governments, consumers and industry, Canada's 2020 GHG emissions are projected to be 128 Mt lower relative to a scenario with no action since 2005.
- Canada's economy has increased 10.6 per cent, while Canada's greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 5.1 per cent between 2005 and 2012.
- Canada now boasts the cleanest electricity system in the G-7 and one of the cleanest in the world, with 77 per cent of our electricity supply emitting no greenhouse gases
- Canada provided $1.2 billion over 2010-2013 to support more than 100 climate change projects in more than 60 developing countries.
- Under its Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Canada is advancing the development of a new arrangement on black carbon and methane to address this pressing environmental issue in the Arctic.
"Our Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing clean air for Canadians while keeping the economy strong. I am looking forward to taking part in next week's climate meetings in New York to highlight Canada's actions to address climate change."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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