MONTRÉAL, Oct. 3, 2023 /CNW/ - In the run-up to the 7th Adaptation Futures (AF2023) Conference, to be held from October 2 to 6, 2023 in Montréal, Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Laurentides Region Benoit Charette and Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Martine Biron are proud to announce a new C$10-million contribution to the Adaptation Fund (AF) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This marks Québec's fourth contribution to the AF, thus bringing its total commitment to C$33 million.
Québec is an initiative-taking, credible intervener in the realm of international climate cooperation. In The 2030 Plan for a Green Economy (2030 PGE), the government committed itself to pursuing the efforts put forward with the countries most vulnerable to climate change impacts. This contribution thus responds to the 2023-2028 Implementation Plan of the 2030 PGE aimed at supporting Québec and multilateral international climate cooperation initiatives. Moreover, it aligns with the Paris Agreement, which Québec has committed to implementing within its areas of jurisdiction.
"It is essential for Québec to contribute to the support of efforts for addressing climate change in countries that are the most vulnerable and the most exposed to climate change impacts. This support reiterates Québec's commitment to implementing the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which calls for increased funding to developing countries."
Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Laurentides Region
"This Québec contribution to the Adaptation Fund confirms that the fight against climate change is a priority for our government both at home and on the international stage. Québec's leadership in this area is recognized and commended the world over. Moreover, this initiative will enable Québec to consolidate its reputation in the realm of climate cooperation. Québec continues to stand with the most vulnerable developing nations of the world by funding initiatives that will help mitigate and combat climate change."
Martine Biron, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
"The Adaptation Fund is grateful to the Government of Quebec for its new 10 million dollars pledge to the Fund, which will go toward serving the most vulnerable countries and communities through locally led concrete, scalable projects on the ground and innovative funding windows that empower country ownership in adaptation. About 40% of the Fund's portfolio is in Africa, including Sub-Saharan Africa and many vulnerable Francophone developing countries. As the Fund continues to receive record demand for projects from the developing countries it serves, we are further pleased to see Quebec take a leadership role in being a consistent contributor to scale up climate adaptation action -- which is urgently needed."
Mikko Ollikainen, Head of the Adaptation Fund
Office of the Minister of the
Ministère de l'Environnement, de la Lutte
Relations and La Francophonie and
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SOURCE Cabinet du ministre de l'Environnement, de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs
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