During the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC on September 21, Premier Jean Charest spoke on behalf of States, provinces and regions in order to emphasize their concrete and crucial contribution in reducing greenhouse gases emissions. The ceremony was presided over by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon as well as government and business representatives.
From left to right: Steve Howard, CEO of the Climate Group; Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General; Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK; Hugh Jackman, actor; and Jean Charest, Premier of Québec. Photo: Federico Rodriguez-Caldentey
“We are 70 days away from post-Kyoto negotiations. Now is the time for all governments, at all levels, to work together closely to fight climate change. With respect to energy and the environment, we know that States, provinces, länders and regions are pioneers. That is why I am submitting this declaration today to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on behalf of federated states and regions as well as networks representing hundreds of regions throughout the world. It reports on our crucial contribution to fighting climate change and affirms our commitment to actively contribute to achieving the goals that will be set at the Copenhagen Conference this December,”said the Premier of Québec.
The Premier also made reference to Québec’s commitment to fighting climate change and its numerous forms of international collaboration in that regard, citing the upcoming Leaders Summit which will take place in conjunction with the Copenhagen Conference. Also of note is the participation of the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp, in the official ceremony as well as in a high-level round table organized by the Climate Group that focused on electric cars. Minister Beauchamp highlighted Québec’s expertise and initiatives in the area of transport electrification.
Climate Week NYC is jointly organized by the Climate Group, the United Nations Foundation, New York City and their partners. Coinciding with the 64th session of the UN General Assembly, it brings together government, business and civil society leaders and representatives in order to mobilize world public opinion and discuss climate change-related issues. The discussions will contribute to preparations for the December 2009 Copenhagen Conference.
Background statement on the recognition of subnational governments by the UNFCCC in support of an international agreement on climate change (PDF)
Climate Week NYC