Premier Jean Charest recently took part in two major events in New York and Los Angeles aimed at fostering discussions on establishing a new climate change protocol, which will be the central focus of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December. At both events, Mr. Charest emphasized the key role played by federated states and regional governments in implementing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
On October 2 in Los Angeles, at the conclusion of the second Governors’ Global Climate Summit, co-chaired by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Charest signed the final declaration, in which the participants reiterated the importance of taking urgent action to fight climate change. “It is imperative that decision-makers come to a post-Kyoto agreement at the Copenhagen Conference. Unprecedented collaboration at all levels of government is needed in order to do so. The contribution of federated states to reducing GHG emissions is essential,” said the Premier.
At the plenary session entitled “Building upon Subnational Leadership: On the Road to Copenhagen”, Mr. Charest called for immediate action and close international cooperation aimed at finding ways to reduce GHG emissions on a global scale. In this regard, the Premier outlined various initiatives that have brought Québec recognition as a leader in the fight against climate change in Canada and around the world.
The Summit was attended by 1,200 participants, including leaders and representatives of federated states and regional governments from various countries. Mr. Charest held a series of meetings with a view to refining the pre-Copenhagen strategy. The event was co-chaired by Mr. Schwarzenegger and the governors of Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, in partnership with the UN’s environment and development programs (UNEP/UNDP).
On September 21 in New York, the Premier spoke at the opening ceremony for Climate Week NY°C, chaired by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Mr. Charest served as spokesman for federated states and regional governments advising UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, to whom he submitted a declaration detailing the key role of state, provincial and regional governments in fighting climate change, particularly as regards their active commitment to achieving the goals established at the Copenhagen Conference.
The Premier also emphasized Québec’s international commitment to fighting climate change at forums such as the upcoming Leaders’ Summit, which will be held in parallel with the Copenhagen Conference.
Building on the momentum created by the UN General Assembly, Climate Week NY°C brought together government, business and civil society representatives to discuss climate change-related issues. The event was organized by the Climate Group, the UN Foundation, the City of New York and their partners.
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