Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today, affecting every country, community and individual. Developing countries are the most affected by climate change and its impacts, and least able to afford its consequences. Their vulnerability is due to multiple factors that can limit their ability to prevent and respond to the impacts of climate change, and as a result, climate change has the potential to reverse significant development gains made in these countries.
In developing countries, women and girls are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of climate change, while at the same time, their experience, knowledge and leadership are essential to addressing these challenges. Environment and climate action is therefore most effective when women and girls play an active role as powerful agents of change to advance action on climate change, pollution and other environmental concerns. This inclusive approach helps deliver informed solutions that also mitigate some of the threats to women’s and girls’ health, safety, economic well-being, and social inequalities associated with climate change.
In March 2015, United Nations member states, including Canada, agreed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Climate Action goal – SDG 13 – calls on the international community to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. To achieve SDG 13, all countries need to accelerate and intensify their actions and investments on climate change.
In December 2015, the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Paris Agreement. In support of the Paris Agreement, the Prime Minister announced in 2015 that Canada would provide $2.65 billion over five years to help developing countries tackle climate change. Canada is delivering on this climate finance pledge as part of the commitment to supporting the poorest and most vulnerable populations affected by climate change. Canada also continues to work closely with other donors towards the joint goal to mobilize US$100 billion per year by 2020.
Canada’s climate finance is helping developing countries transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies through:
In 2018, Canada was President of the Group of Seven (G7) and played a leadership role on climate change by placing it high on the G7 agenda and ensuring an inclusive approach that addressed gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Canada has been particularly active in supporting climate-smart agriculture, and increased access to green energy – both of which are especially important to women and girls.
The Government of Canada recognizes that adaptation measures are essential for developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, to enable them to build resilience in the face of a changing climate. Canada’s continued efforts to scale up adaptation measures are in line with the Paris Agreement and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Adaptation and gender equality will also be key elements of Canada’s future climate finance.
The government also recognizes the importance of mitigation investments for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, directly addressing the cause of climate change, and therefore reducing support needed for adaptation in the long run. Canada continues to invest in initiatives and approaches to help mobilize the private sector investment that is essential for addressing the SDG and Climate Action financing gaps. By supporting an appropriate balance of adaptation and mitigation investments, the Government of Canada is ensuring that it responds to developing country priorities in line with the Paris Agreement and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy.
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