OFFICIAL WEBSITE LAUNCH
Québec, October 19, 2009. – Québec’s steps leading to the Copenhagen Conference can now be followed on the new Quebecatcopenhagen.gouv.qc.ca web site. In addition to promoting events and activities connected to the fight against climate change in which the Government of Québec will participate, the site provides information on the major policies that have been implemented by Québec and traces the history of the fight against climate change in Québec and around the world.
With only a few weeks to go before the Copenhagen, Denmark international climate conference, the Government of Québec continues its action aimed at contributing to the success of the meeting and at ensuring that the very important role played by Federated States is enshrined in the new international treaty to be negotiated there in December.
“As Québec has so clearly shown, the contribution made by Federated States is essential to the implementation of policies to mitigate and adapt to climate change. From this perspective, it is very important for us to make certain that their role is enshrined in the final text of the future Copenhagen protocol,” declared Premier Jean Charest.
In the last few weeks, the government has multiplied its participation in various forums to ensure that the role of pro-active states like Québec is acknowledged.
Premier Charest took an active role in various preparatory meetings such as the New York Climate Week and the Governors' Global Climate Summitin California. Also, during a mission to Europe by Premier Charest, French Prime Minister François Fillon acknowledged the important role played by Québec in the fight against climate change. Meanwhile, the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks has just returned from a mission to France and Belgium where she met with Brice Lalonde, France’s Ambassador for international climate change negotiations, Secretary-General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie Abdou Diouf and Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of Regions.
In parallel to these meetings, the National Assembly will hold hearings in the coming weeks to set Québec’s GHG emission reduction target for 2020 that will be unveiled before the Copenhagen Conference begins.
“For many years now in Québec, we have chosen to play a leading role by implementing innovative policies while allying ourselves with other North American governments that are active in the fight against climate change. We are firmly convinced that states and governments that move towards a green energy economy and sustainable development will stand tall in the future. Our vision is of a green and prosperous Québec,” declared Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Line Beauchamp.
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