On December 12, Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks, addressed the national delegates and members of international organizations gathered in Poznań, Poland for the 14th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Speaking on behalf of the States and Regions Climate Alliance, Ms. Beauchamp emphasized the central role played by regional and national governments in the fight against climate change: “Our governments have made significant investments, particularly in the areas of clean and renewable energy, energy efficiency and mass transit. These investments have helped create jobs and supported sustainable economic activities.”
Ms. Beauchamp called for explicit recognition of the role of regional and national governments in the UN discussions aimed at developing and implementing an agreement for the post-2012 period.
“Climate change represents a call to action for all members of the international community and all levels of government. It is high time that we translate our consensus into effective actions as well as words. The involvement of regional and national governments is essential to fulfilling the commitments in the next series of international instruments,” said the Minister.
On December 11, Ms. Beauchamp confirmed Québec’s membership in the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), which comprises governments from Europe, North America and Oceania working to foster the worldwide development of the carbon market in the fight against climate change.
The Poznań Conference ran from December 1 to 12.
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP)