Québec is the first North American jurisdiction to join the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), which is made up of subnational and regional governments from around the world. The announcement was made on June 1 by Line Beauchamp, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
Nrg4SD plays a key role in promoting the integration of sustainable principles in public policies and private initiatives. In addition, it seeks to foster recognition of the role of subnational and regional governments in the fight against climate change—a goal that Québec takes very seriously. It is also is the driving force behind the UN Development Programme’s Territorial Approach to Climate Change, which Québec joined in June 2009.
Ms. Beauchamp said: “Nrg4SD has become a powerful and eloquent voice behind efforts to promote sustainable development. It also has outstanding consensus-building capabilities and representativeness. In the current context, in which up to 80% of anti-climate change measures are undertaken at the regional and local levels, subnational governments must work together and set the example for the international community. Québec’s involvement in nrg4SD will open the door to mutually beneficial exchanges with other governments working actively in the areas of sustainable development and climate change mitigation.”
Québec’s decision to join the organization has been well received, as evidenced by the General Assembly’s adoption of a motion appointing Québec to nrg4SD’s Steering Committee effective immediately. As a result, the Government of Québec will be taking part in the Committee’s upcoming meeting, which will be held in Bonn on June 2, in conjunction with the international climate policy negotiations.
Nrg4SD was created at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It is officially recognized by the UN and has observer status within the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, as well as the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. One of organization’s unique features is its North/South governance structure (nrg4SD is currently co-presided by Wales and the Brazilian state of São Paulo).
Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP)