Canada’s Justin Trudeau to host climate summit in Paris on March 30, 2020
Posted On July 9, 2021
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a climate summit on March 20 in Paris, France, a move that will mark the second time the country has hosted the event in 20 years.
The summit will be Trudeau’s first international climate event.
The previous meeting was held in 2013 in Washington, D.C. Trudeau is expected to make a speech to the climate conference.
Trudeau will be joined by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, U.N. climate chief Miguel Arias Canete, Canadian and U.S. officials, and dozens of other world leaders.
The Canadian government announced the decision in a news release on Wednesday.
The prime minister will address the conference from his suite in the Elysee Palace.
A spokesperson for Trudeau did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether he will attend the summit or whether he plans to speak in person.
Trudeau was elected in November on a promise to work toward a greener, cleaner future, a promise that has also been endorsed by a number of major business and political figures.
In 2016, he pledged to make Canada a greentop.
Trudeau has also pledged to create a Climate Leadership Fund that will give $1 billion over 10 years to help develop low-carbon technologies.
He also announced a new $3-billion fund to help businesses develop more efficient strategies for energy and climate change, and a $1-billion climate change research program.
Trudeau’s climate initiative will take effect next year, and is expected be completed by 2020.
He said last month he would make the climate change summit a priority as he prepares to leave office in 2019.
In March, Canada became the first nation to adopt a greenhouse gas-reduction target of 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, a target that will be enshrined in a landmark climate agreement reached in Paris in December.
Canada is also one of the few countries to ratify the U.K.’s landmark climate accord.
The pact calls for a commitment by governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per per cent of 1990 levels, and to reduce carbon intensity of energy use by 30 per to 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2025.