June 14, 2010 18:21 ET

Prime Minister Harper Adds Climate Change to G8, G20 Agenda

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 14, 2010) - Prime Minister Harper today announced that climate change would be included on the G8 and G20 summit agendas in two weeks time. In response, Zoe Caron, Climate Policy & Advocacy Specialist at WWF-Canada said:

"We are relieved to hear the Prime Minister has listened to global leaders and the Canadian public by adding climate change to the G8 and G20 agendas. The test of success is if the Summits yield results on existing commitments to phase out oil and gas subsidies; and to provide funding to developing nations for to develop technologies and adapt to climate change."

The following issues are priorities for discussion and action at the G8 and G20 Summits:

1. G8 countries (excluding Russia) committed in Copenhagen 2009 to collectively provide $30 billion between 2010 and 2012 to developing countries to develop green technologies and adapt to climate change. Canada's fair share is $1 billion, and to date Canada has committed $56 million. Canada should confirm this in advance of the G8 Summit, and should also ensure long-term financing is discussed at the G20 in order to provide leadership and direction to the United Nations to help create a framework.

2. G20 countries committed in Pittsburgh 2009 to phase out subsidies to oil, coal and gas. These plans and time lines are due at this Summit in Toronto. Canada must ensure that Finance and Energy Ministers come to the meeting with their respective plans. As host, Canada can lead by putting forward its plan to phase out $2 billion annually in subsidies to the oil and gas industry.

Contact Information

  • For comment: WWF-Canada
    Zoe Caron
    Climate Policy & Advocacy