Canada’s climate plan must not forget poorest, most vulnerable

Developing countries already at risk need ambitious support package

Katowice, Poland – Ahead of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s arrival in Poland, Canadian climate change advocates are calling for Canada to do more to help developing countries already facing the dire impacts of a changing climate.

The call from the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development (C4D) comes on the heels of Minister McKenna’s announcement on Wednesday, that Canada will raise its ambition under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change before it comes into effect at the end of 2020.

“We recognize the significance of Canada’s expression of increased ambition under the Paris Agreement,” said Canadian Foodgrains Bank Policy Advisor and C4D co-chair Naomi Johnson, speaking from the UN Climate Negotiations underway in Poland. “As part of this ambition package, Canada needs to do more to live up to its obligations to developing countries, which is not only an urgent need, but part and parcel of efforts to raise climate ambition.”

In 2009, developed countries committed to jointly mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries. This commitment was later integrated into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Canada is party to both agreements.

“There is an international good news story here, in that flows of international climate finance are on the rise,” said CARE Canada Policy and Influence Lead Shaughn McArthur. “But these flows still fall short of their targets – particularly in the area of gender-responsive adaptation finance, which is critical for building trust in the international climate goals, and ensuring the world’s poorest and most marginalized are not left behind.”

Given its stated commitments in gender-responsive international assistance commitments, Canada needs to step up investments to help communities around the world withstand the impacts of climate change, which are already driving drought, hunger, malnutrition, migration and costly natural disasters.

C4D is a coalition of Canadian international development and environmental organizations working together to share knowledge and take concerted action to address climate change in Canada and abroad. Currently, C4D has 24 members that include Canadian NGOs, Civil Society Organizations and Research Institutions.


To arrange an interview with C4D’s representatives at COP24 in Katowice, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada | 613-228-5641

For journalists attending the COP24 conference or for early morning interview requests outside North America daylight hours, contact:

Camilla Schramek
Head of Climate Change and Resilience Communications | CARE International
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