Québec government launches second call for projects under its International Climate Cooperation Program
|November 14, 2017. – A new call for projects aimed at supporting climate cooperation among Québec’s business, research and international solidarity communities and their partners in the South has been announced. It is the second call for projects to be issued as part of the International Climate Cooperation Program (ICCP), whose objective is to contribute to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change in Francophone countries that are the most vulnerable and most exposed to these impacts. Québec companies, research institutions and international cooperation organizations are invited to submit their projects by February 9, 2018.
The Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Isabelle Melançon, made the announcement at the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Bonn, Germany.
Following the ICCP’s first call for projects in November 2016, the Québec government announced financial assistance totaling nearly ten million dollars to support 14 projects.
“By financially supporting the projects of our organizations and their partners in the most vulnerable Francophone countries, Québec is implementing its commitment to support concrete actions to help improve the quality of life of populations that are experiencing the impacts of climate change with increased intensity. Additionally, these projects will highlight Québec’s expertise, particularly in the areas of clean technologies, renewable energy and climate change adaptation.”
Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
“By making a tangible contribution and sharing its expertise with countries that are particularly affected by climate change, Québec is continuing to exercise its international climate leadership and contributing to the emergence of a Francophonie that is fully engaged in transitioning to a low-carbon economy.”
Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
“While tackling climate change is a global issue, the challenges of adapting to and mitigating these changes are particularly great in developing countries. Through this funding from the Québec government, several projects to meet the needs and priorities expressed by partner organizations working on the ground will be carried out to help increase their capacity for action.”
Jean Lemire, Chair of the International Climate Cooperation Program steering committee and Envoy for Climate Change, Northern and Arctic Affairs
- At the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), Québec became the world’s first federated state to announce climate cooperation measures totaling $25.5 million to benefit Francophone countries that are the most vulnerable and most exposed to the impacts of climate change. The measures are as follows:
- Implementation of the International Climate Cooperation Program: $18M;
- Contribution to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF): $6M;
- Building the capacity of Francophone countries to negotiate in French, implement international climate commitments and support youth action in the fight against climate change: $1.5M.
- These initiatives are financed by the Green Fund in accordance with priority 9 of the 2013-2020 Climate Change Action Plan, which is to raise Québec’s international profile.
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|Geneviève Benoit, Press Officer
Office of the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
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|Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Officer
Office of the Minister of International Relations
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