Minister Guilbeault thanks the Canadian delegation participating in the fifty-fifth session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and reiterates Canada’s commitment to fight climate change
GATINEAUQC, February 28, 2022 /CNW/ – “I would like to thank the Canadian delegation for participating in the fifty-fifth session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of February 14 to 25as well as the other 195 nations that participated in the session focused on climate adaptation.
“This IPCC report shows what people around the world already know: that all countries must take bold action on climate mitigation and adaptation, because the costs of doing too little will be far too high. Canada stands ready to continue to lead this work.
“We only have to look at extreme weather events, such as flooding in British Columbia and forest fires in alberta in 2021, to see why fighting climate change matters to Canadians.
“Canada is warming at more than twice the global rate. The Canadian Arctic is warming three times faster. While we must continue our efforts to reduce emissions and fight climate change, we must also adapt and build resilience across our society, including in from Canada North.
“This urgency is felt by all countries. Inaction on climate mitigation and adaptation will affect food systems, trade and immigration, not just in Canadabut all over the world.
“That is why the government of Canada paves the way for rapid action on adaptation to climate change. This includes investments in 2021 of a $1.375 billion for from Canada Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, $520.5 million new funds to improve wildfire preparedness in from Canada national parks and $92 million to map areas at risk of forest fires and floods.
“We are also developing from Canada first national adaptation strategy, to be launched in the fall, working with all levels of government, Indigenous peoples and stakeholder groups on a coordinated national strategy to make communities safer and more resilient. The National Adaptation Strategy will establish a shared vision and framework for action on how we improve our health and well-being, build and maintain our infrastructure, preserve the environment, make resilient economic decisions, and prepare and prevent climate-related disasters.
“To build on all of this work, we are committed to publishing from Canada emissions reduction plan, as part of the Canada’s Net Zero Emissions Accountability Act. We are focused on both fighting the cause of climate change and supporting Canadians when the effects are felt.
“Thanks again to from Canada delegation, including policy analysts, scientists and senior staff from many government departments from Canada, as well as representatives from several national Aboriginal organizations. I am confident that the latest IPCC publication will inform upcoming international meetings on climate change, including the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties. (COP27) in November 2022when countries come together to take stock of progress towards the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.”
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
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