Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Will Attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, November 30 – December 11: To “work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy”

The following video presents COP21/CMP11 official video (English subtitles):

“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” which will take place in Paris-Le Bourget from 30th of November to 11th of December 2015.”

www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 (the ‘Rio Convention’) included the adoption of UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  • This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”
  • The UNFCCC now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.

  • In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country.

  • The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
This "is an infographic on some of the key commitments that have already been put forward by countries and territories in advance of COP21, along with a breakdown of the main business impacts, and what companies can do to prepare for the outcomes of the conference." Infographic by ecometrica.com at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business . Please click on the image for a larger version.

This “is an infographic on some of the key commitments that have already been put forward by countries and territories in advance of COP21, along with a breakdown of the main business impacts, and what companies can do to prepare for the outcomes of the conference.” Infographic by ecometrica.com at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business . Please click on the image for a larger version.

For more detailed information on COP21, what it’s all about and what it means for private sector companies, you can download ecometrica.com’s FREE paper at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business, entitled Paris Climate Conference: What’s at stake for businesses at the COP21?

  • Authored by Sandy Gain, Climate Change Analyst at Ecometrica, the paper goes into further detail about what’s at stake for businesses, gives some great examples of existing corporate projects, and explains how a new CDP framework can help businesses move towards a low-carbon economy.

News Release Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister to take part in key meeting before Paris climate conference

Canada’s participation in the Pre-COP ministerial meeting underscores the importance of international collaboration in achieving climate change agreement

November 7, 2015 – Gatineau, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will travel to Paris and engage with her international counterparts from November 8 to 10. At this meeting, the Minister will share Canada’s desire to be a strong and positive actor working with all countries to secure an effective agreement ahead of the Paris climate conference.

This Pre-COP ministerial meeting is hosted by Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Peruvian Minister of State for the Environment and current President of the COP. This meeting allows ministers to discuss key issues and seek common ground for a successful conclusion to the Paris outcome.

During the trip, Minister McKenna will participate in bilateral meetings, including with Minister Fabius, the upcoming COP21 President.

Quick Facts

  • COP21 will be held from November 30 to December 11, 2015, in Paris, France.
  • The Paris Climate Conference is the culmination of four years of negotiations towards a new global climate agreement.
  • Peru, as the host of COP20, and France, as host of COP21, have launched a strong action agenda which brings both state and non-state actors to accelerate cooperative climate action.

Quote

“The Government of Canada is determined to deliver real results on climate change and the environment. We will work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Associated Link

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The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 in partnership with UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) will convene 500+  attendees at an expanded two day session, “to further increase the facilitation of partnerships and and bring greater scale to business innovation on climate change. Join leading business, government, UN and public bodies to further accelerate international sustainable development and raise ambition on climate. Be part of the informed discussion, collaborate through networking and enable innovative partnerships for change.

Organised by Climate Action, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) alongside the COP, the Forum generates robust debate and enables the sharing of ideas, technology and solutions that can be turned into positive actions to bolster the post-2015 development agenda. The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 will focus on innovative developments combating the biggest issues in climate change right now.”

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The following video presents How Can I Involve my Business in COP21?:

“Climate Action in partnership with UNEP brings you a short video explaining how your business can be a part of COP21 this December.”


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