In the Indian capital, Premier Jean Charest took part on February 5 in the plenary session of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit alongside Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other world leaders.
The presidents of Slovenia and Kiribati and the prime ministers of Bhutan, Finland, Greece and Norway also attended the event. Premier Charest took part in the DSDS at the invitation of Dr. R.K. Pachauri, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The 2010 edition of the DSDS was particularly significant, as it was the first major international environmental conference held since the Copenhagen Summit.
According to Premier Charest, “Regions and federated states are important players in rising to the worldwide challenges created by global warming, as they are responsible for 50% to 80% of emission reductions. It is crucial that their role be recognized within international bodies.”
On the sidelines of the DSDS, along with the heads of state in attendance, Jean Charest met with the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Premier Charest took the opportunity to invite Prime Minister Singh to visit Québec and reiterated Québec's support for discussions concerning a possible free trade agreement between India and Canada.
Mr. Charest also met with the Director of the Columbia University Earth Institute, Jeffrey Sachs, who praised Québec for its leadership in the fight against climate change, as well as France’s Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Seas, Jean-Louis Boorlo.
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