Canada Ratifies Paris Agreement

13. září 2021 | Vít Zemčík | Nezařazené | Sdílet na Facebooku

MPs approved late Wednesday a motion supporting both the United Nations agreement and the federal-provincial declaration issued last March in Vancouver, which required Canada to take the joint steps necessary to „meet or exceed“ its Paris commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. To enter into force, the agreement needed formal support from at least 55 countries representing 55% of global emissions. The European Union officially presented its ratification on Wednesday, with the deal exceeding that threshold and meaning it will enter into force in 30 days, just before the US presidential elections. Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion also appeared to get rid of the Tory`s concerns about carbon pricing that led him to vote against the Paris agreement later that evening. „The Paris Agreement alone will not solve the climate crisis,“ he said. „Even if we achieve all the goals set out in the agreement, we will only achieve part of what we need to do. But make no mistake: this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. . This gives us the best possible chance of saving the only planet we have. Canada has a consistent history among successive liberal and Conservative governments that have made international carbon reduction promises that it is not keeping, first under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and then again under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord.

„However, today`s request to Parliament is not just about the Paris Agreement. It is really, I think, a tacit endorsement of the government`s proposed new tax on Canadians, which I do not support for two reasons. Canada is among 191 signatories to the international climate agreement, including the European Union and Nepal, who also expressed support on Wednesday. The Paris Agreement, already described as a historic agreement after its adoption, owes its success not only to the return of a favourable context for climate change and sustainable development, but also to efforts to reshape the management of international climate negotiations. The Paris Agreement is supported by new initiatives, which are all adaptations to the difficulties identified by previous P.C.A. This innovative approach is based on four elements: the adoption of a universal agreement. Define the national contributions of each State to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Although the text of the agreement does not mention the content of these contributions, it obliges the signatory States to draw up a contribution plan, to implement it and to increase the amounts regularly. The involvement of civil society in the negotiation process through the action programme adopted in November 2016, which brings together civil society initiatives from 180 countries. In 2015, members of civil society were appointed as high-level champions to facilitate civil society participation in the intergovernmental process. .

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