China to join forces with Canada and EU to continue fight climate change despite Trump withdrawal
Representatives from more than two dozen countries to meet in Montreal to advance Paris Agreement
Environment ministers representing Canada, China and the European Union will co-host a meeting in Montreal later this month to advance implementation of the Paris climate change agreement.
The ministerial meeting will include representatives from some 30 countries, according to Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, Catherine McKenna.
“This meeting brings together major economies and key climate actors to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and demonstrate continued commitment to global action on climate change,” McKenna said.
The meeting follows US President Donald Trump’s announcement in June that the United States would abandon the painstakingly negotiated 2015 global pact.
The accord commits signatories to efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.
They promised steps to keep the worldwide rise in temperatures “well below” two degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial times and to pursue efforts to hold the increase under 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Montreal meeting will precede an international summit scheduled to be held in France on December 12 to review progress on the climate accord.