Canada sent 383 delegates to Paris – more than Great Britain (96), the United States (148) and almost as many as France (396) host country. “Canada is back, my good friends,” he told the conference. “We`re here to help. To reach an agreement that makes our children and grandchildren proud. Now, just over a year later, Mr. Trudeau says Canada will continue to work with the United States and its stakeholders to address climate change and promote clean growth, even though Mr. Trump has withdrawn from the agreement. Canada is one of nearly 200 countries that have signed the Paris Climate Agreement. The signatories promise to reach 2100 net zero emissions from 2050. The agreement, adopted in 2015 by 196 countries, provided that nations would commit to keeping their greenhouse gas emissions below a level that would keep global temperatures above 2 degrees Celsius and, ideally, no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. Trump`s decision to pull out of the agreement was largely unpopular and was immediately criticized by world leaders such as former President Barack Obama, President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Read more: World leaders celebrate five years of Paris climate accords with a virtual assembly During his opening address at the UN ceremony on Friday, Trudeau said the Paris agreement would be presented to Parliament next month and officially ratified this year. “We are deeply disappointed that the U.S. federal government has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Canada is unwavering in our commitment to combating climate change and supporting clean economic growth. Canadians know that we must take decisive and collective action to address the many harsh realities of our changing climate. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the Paris Agreement on climate change this morning at a ceremony at the United Nations in New York and gave his word that Canada will use renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The United Nations says it will set a record for most countries that sign an international agreement in one day. In signing the agreement, Mr. Trudeau also pledged to invest $2.65 billion over the next five years to help developing countries fight climate change. Although the Harper government signed the 2004 Kyoto Accord as a precursor to the Paris climate agreement, it did nothing to implement its commitments and, in 2011, shocked the world by withdrawing completely from the UN process, with Greenpeace calling Canada a “climate criminal.” The United States formally left the Paris climate agreement on November 4, nearly three years after President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the international agreement. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to return to office the day he takes office.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement, he promised that by 2030, Canada would reduce its emissions by 30% from 2005 levels. Canada would also help developing countries fight climate change, and the government would develop a climate strategy with the provinces while considering a North American plan. The Minister of the Environment told CBC News this week that she thought there would be a plan by the fall if Canada intended to ratify the Paris agreement. The Paris Agreement, which came into force in November 2016, was created to adapt to climate change, with the aim of reducing emissions.