Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, outlined the initiatives undertaken by Québec at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Québec Premier Jean Charest took the floor during the Climate Leaders Summit convened by The Climate Group on December 15 in Copenhagen. The Summit was the largest meeting of heads of federated states and regions ever held during a Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP). The participants, who also included industry leaders, all agreed on the need to implement a global agreement on climate change.
Over 150 people, mostly university students, participated in the La Francophonie Day of Discovery at Waseda University in Tokyo on December 13. This was the first event organized by the Council for the promotion of the Francophonie in Japan, an initiative encouraged by the Québec Government Office in Tokyo earlier this year.
The Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, was delighted with the outcome of the work accomplished at the 25th Ministerial Conference of La Francophonie (CMF), which ended on December 16 in Paris.
In Copenhagen for the 15th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Premier Jean Charest announced Québec's support for the EV20 initiative. This initiative aims to bring together the leaders of 20 cities, States or nations with vehicle manufacturers, fleet owners and financiers involved in the development of the electric vehicle sector in order to accelerate the development of this market.
The Assembly of European Regions (AER) and Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIC) have signed an agreement that marks the start of a new era for occupational stays for young adults from Québec and Europe.
Premier Jean Charest and Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, are currently in Denmark during the 15th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will be promoting Québec’s leadership role among the international community in the fight against climate change while underscoring the adoption of strict greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets.
On December 11 and 12, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, under the direction of Bernard Labadie, performed Handel’s Messiah and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Premier Jean Charest and his Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, are pleased by the results of their mission to Russia. They both painted a bright picture of the economic, political and institutional meetings they took part in from December 7 to 11 in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
On December 8 at Moscow City Hall, Premier Jean Charest and the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, signed a joint cooperation declaration aimed at developing bilateral relations. The leaders thus expressed their desire to build closer economic, cultural and educational ties, among other ways through exchanges of people and knowledge.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulated Québec, a Western Climate Initiative partner, for adopting a new and ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 20% compared to 1990 levels by 2020. Premier Jean Charest announced the plan on November 23.
The Government of Québec has just announced $5M in funding for four projects to raise awareness among Quebecers concerning the importance of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution. Coinciding with the Copenhagen Conference, the announcements demonstrate Québec’s commitment to combating climate change.
THQ, a global leader in interactive entertainment software development and publishing, plans to group essential functions for all of its subsidiaries under one roof in Montréal: product development, research and development (R&D), creation of artistic content, quality assurance and title adaptation in different languages.
On November 23, some thirty heads of diplomatic missions posted in Ottawa attended a presentation on the Plan Nord by the Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Plan Nord, Nathalie Normandeau, and the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand. The activity included a tour of the Radisson hydroelectric installations in Baie-James.
Premier Jean Charest and the Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Pierre Arcand, praised the appointment of Herman Van Rompuy to head the European Council. Mr. Van Rompuy will become the first permanent President of the European Council on January 1, 2010.