One of the great powers of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is the ability to convene meaningful dialogue on global issues important to Canadians and global citizens. In 2015 UNAC conceived and implemented a programme in support of the UN’s climate change agenda. The Accelerating Action on Climate Change programme was developed to emphasize to the national and international community the Canadian subnational level’s action and inclusive and progressive deliberations on climate change.
UNA-Canada, in partnership with the Government of France in Canada and COP21, held a series of events in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia in preparation for the COP21 meetings in Paris (November 30 to December 11, 2015). In addition to public events, each high-level invitational forum brought together key thought leaders from academia, the private and public sectors, along with NGOs, to share ideas and promising policies and practices that could accelerate action on climate change in Canada. The discussions proceeded from the assumption that the direction and weight of the evidence for human induced climate change demanded action, both to mitigate climate change and to adapt to those changes that were unlikely to be avoided.
You can read our full 2015 Accelerating Action on Climate Change report here: UNA-Canada Final Report Novemeber 2015