Québec City, November 28, 2015
– In conjunction with his trip to France to participate in the 21st Session of
the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (COP21), the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment
and the Fight against Climate Change, David Heurtel, will attend the opening
evening of the 28th Entretiens Jacques Cartier on Monday, November 30. The
event will run through December 3 in Lyon.
Established in 1987, the Entretiens Jacques Cartier are dedicated to
forging partnerships between the City of Lyon, the Rhône-Alpes Region and the
Montréal Region. Minister Heurtel will be joined at the event by the chair of
the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, Jean-Jack Queyranne,
and the senator and mayor of Lyon and president of the Urban Community of Lyon,
Entretiens Jacques Cartier encourage us to reflect on common issues. I am
delighted to see that these well-established consultations are increasingly
turning toward innovation and the promotion of research and development. These
areas are essential at a time when we must find solutions for addressing many
issues, including climate change,” said Minister Heurtel.
While in Lyon, the Minister will meet with representatives from various
competitiveness clusters with which Québec cooperates and visit institutions
active in the renewable energy sector. Additionally, the Minister will engage
in discussions with representatives from Québec and Rhône-Alpes companies
linked to the environment and sustainable development.
Minister Heurtel will leave Lyon for Paris on Tuesday, December 1,
to participate in COP21. On the eve of his visit to the French capital, the
Minister wishes to reiterate the objective that Québec has set for itself,
namely ensuring that the voice of federated states and regions is heard.
“Federated states such as Québec play an important role in reducing greenhouse
gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. That is why it is
important to acknowledge on the international scene the essential role of
federated states and regions in the fight against climate change. Together,
let’s fight against climate change to ensure a quality of life and a healthy
planet to our children. Let’s do it for them!,” said the Minister.
Minister Heurtel will participate in a number of events in conjunction
with the Paris Climate Conference. He will take the opportunity provided by
several forums to assert Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate
change, both in Canada and abroad. On Sunday, December 6, the Minister
will speak at the 2015 World Climate Summit attended by dozens of economic political
and financial leaders. He will also be a panelist during Québec Day at the
Francophonie Pavilion on Wednesday, December 9. The event will focus on
integrating climate issues into public policies.
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