Ontario to host climate summit of the Americas

By Gerald V. Paul

Michael Coteau
Michael Coteau

Queen’s Park – Ontario will host a pan-American dialogue on long-term climate action at a 2015 Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, from July 7-9.

The two-day event will be aligned with the Pan American Economic Summit, demonstrating the important link between climate change action and a strong, prosperous low-carbon economy.

“Ontario is a leader when it comes to taking action on climate change, but no government can address the complex problem alone. Building vital partnerships through events like the Climate Summit of the Americas is key to ensuring our province has the skills and know-how to build a bright and sustainable future for us all,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said.

“The Climate Summit of the Americas is an important step for Ontario and other pan-American states and regions, leading up to a binding international agreement in Paris next year. Governments, businesses and communities across the Americas recognize the urgency and immediacy of reducing green house gas emissions through a range of measures, including integrated carbon markets,” Glen Murray, minister of the environment and climate change said.

He noted Ontario is honoured to host a summit that will demonstrate how collaboration and leadership on climate change can deliver a healthier planet and “economic prosperity for us, our children and future generations.”

Michael Coteau, minister responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games, told The Camera, “Hosting the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games is bringing benefits to Ontario now and into the future by serving as a platform for international events such as the Pan American Economic Summit and the Climate Summit of the Americas.

“These forums are attracting influential thought leaders that will help forge international business relationships and influence policy decisions that will continue to stimulate our economy and bring about important global change long after the games are over.”

The Climate Summit of the Americas will work toward:

  • Strengthening a pan-American coalition of subnational governments leading up to the 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, France.
  • Reaching a common position on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through market-based mechanisms.
  • Showcasing Ontario as a leader on climate change.
  • Highlighting successful carbon markets and opportunities for investing in a thriving global clean-tech industry.
  • The climate change summit will be held at the same time as the Pan American Economic Summit in Toronto and will bring together government, industry and environmental leaders recognized for their efforts to fight climate change and raise awareness of its risks and opportunities.