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Statement

Minister Kent discusses long term climate financing and clean energy in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 12, 2013– Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today issued a statement following his participation in a ministerial meeting on mobilizing climate finance and the Major Economies Forum on Climate and Energy (MEF) in Washington, D.C.

“We had very fruitful discussions on ways we can mobilize private investment to support climate-friendly growth in developing countries. Canada looks forward to working with its partners on cost-effective actions that reduce emissions.

“I am encouraged by the discussions that MEF Ministers had in Washington, and pleased with the progress made towards a new international climate change agreement that includes all major emitters. We are all focused on achieving an effective agreement by 2015.

“The MEF is a key component of this international effort and is an excellent opportunity for major economies to discuss how we will work together to implement the Copenhagen Accord and to advance negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Ministers also agreed to work together more closely on concrete actions to drive climate-friendly growth—in particular, to work together on low-emissions housing which will allow Canada to showcase our leadership at home and through our international support.

“As inscribed in the Copenhagen Accord, Canada has set an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, a target which reflects the importance of aligning with the United States.”

For more information, please contact:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Environment Canada
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