Montreal, October 31, 2022 - From November 6 to 18, the world will be gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh for the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the presidency of Egypt. Équiterre will be present at the negotiation tables on adaptation and climate finance. Climate debt and just transition will also be on the agenda for Équiterre’s climate policy analysts.
Émile Boisseau-Bouvier and Andréanne Brazeau, who will be among the more than 35,000 participants attending COP27.
Expectations and priorities
At the end of COP26 last year, Équiterre highlighted the fact that the Parties to COP26 were not able to raise the level of ambition needed to limit average warming to 1.5°C.
Nevertheless, COP remains a privileged place for international climate negotiations. In particular, they provide an opportunity for Canada and Quebec to increase their climate ambition. At COP27, Équiterre will be reiterating its demands to these two levels of government.
Équiterre’s delegation expects Canada to place climate justice at the heart of its actions and to act with leadership on the international scene by encouraging the Parties to raise their ambition, and to raise its own, and by accelerating the implementation of commitments. Équiterre will also monitor new announcements on adaptation and the implementation of existing ones, including the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies by the end of 2023.
As for Quebec, Équiterre wants to see the new government in "solutions" mode, to modernize its message and to propose concrete and ambitious actions on climate, mobility and development but also in order to reduce energy demand and achieve a proper socio-ecological transition.
"Canada and Quebec have a responsibility in the climate crisis. To slow climate disruption and the collapse of biodiversity, they must do their fair share, including a transformation of the most emitting sectors, such as energy and transportation,"
-Andréanne Brazeau, one of Équiterre's delegates to COP27
Équiterre has listed its political priorities by sector for each government.
A dialogue between youth and elected officials
In addition to taking part in the negotiation tables, Équiterre will host a panel on climate action in Quebec and Canada, in partnership with the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI).
This event will bring together representatives from civil society and the Climate Reality Project Canada as well as federal and provincial elected officials in charge of the climate portfolio.
Équiterre will also present its recommendations for climate justice at events on transportation electrification and on Quebec's place in the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA).
"At COP27, Équiterre will be working to amplify the voice of youth and civil society by bridging the gap between them and officials via a panel discussion. The decisions that will be made there will influence climate action in the coming years. Our elected officials must be accountable and put forth courageous ideas, both at the local and international levels,"
-Émile Boisseau-Bouvier, one of Équiterre's delegates to COP27
Making COP information accessible to Quebecers
This year, Équiterre will be making information on the issues at stake in the international climate negotiations more accessible to all Quebecers through its new channel, EncyCOPédie, which will provide updates on the COP and important issues related to Quebec and Canada.
Follow Équiterre’s updates at COP27 on our dedicated web page.
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