Minister Guilbeault wraps up constructive trip to South America to advance COP15 negotiations
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 14, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, concluded a constructive trip to three key partner countries: Colombia, Chileand Argentina. It was the occasion for Canada strengthen bilateral environmental relations and engage in dialogue on common environmental priorities such as the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss.
In Colombiathe Minister held meetings that highlighted the importance of maintaining collaboration on environmental priorities, including biodiversity issues, and the need for close partnership to support the global ambition of the upcoming Fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) at the negotiations of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal. Discussions also focused on other issues such as renewable energy and clean transport.
Canada hosted the twentieth session of the Council of the Canada-Chile Commission for Environmental Cooperation in santiago, marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Canada-Chile Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. The Minister reaffirmed the strong bilateral relationship with his Chilean counterparts and civil society representatives, stressing the importance of continued collaboration on environmental issues and the advancement of ambitious climate actions.
In Argentinaministerial meetings provided an opportunity to hear views on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and to learn argentina desire to build bridges towards a positive outcome at COP15.
This month of December, Canada will welcome the world to Montreal for COP15 where he will continue to advocate for international collaboration on an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
“Throughout my journey, I heard forcefully from those I met a strong desire to take ambitious action to COP15 this month of December in Montreal. Protecting nature and halting the loss of biodiversity by Canada and worldwide is a top priority for Canada. I was delighted to have productive meetings with my counterparts on issues such as protecting nature, reversing the alarming loss of biodiversity, plastic pollution and tackling climate change ahead of international meetings of coming months. We will continue to advocate for international collaboration for the protection of nature until COP15.”
– The Honorable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Minister Guilbeault held bilateral meetings with various ministers and officials, including:
- Susana Mohammad, Colombia Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development
- Irene Velez Torres, Colombia Minister of Mines and Energy
- Maisa Rojas, from Chile Minister of the Environment
- Diego Pardo, from Chile Minister of Energy
- Cafe Santiago, argentina Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
- Canada maintains strong and longstanding bilateral relations and technical cooperation on environmental issues with Argentina, Chileand Colombia.
- Canada has entered into bilateral environmental agreements with the two Chile and Colombia.
- The Agreement on Environmental Cooperation between Canada and Chile is a legally binding mechanism for bilateral environmental cooperation. The agreement aims to promote environmental protection and sustainable development in both countries.
- Tomorrow, Minister Guilbeault will also meet Juan Cabandié, argentina Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development.
- Minister Guilbeault visited Ramsar biodiversity sites and met with a wide range of biodiversity stakeholders, both federal and municipal, parliamentarians and environmental advocates, some of whom will be present COP15 to Montreal.
- The fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity will focus on the adoption of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide collective global efforts to protect nature and halt the loss of biodiversity around the world.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
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