Yesterday and today, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, and China’s Minister of Ecology and Environment, Huang Runqiu have been co-convening the 6th Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) in Stockholm. The annual meeting, this year hosted by Canada, is being held in person, after two years of virtual MoCA sessions due to COVID-19.
Ministers and high-level representatives from 37 countries are in attendance, including ministers from the G20 and chairs of key party groupings in the UN climate negotiations.
Discussions are focussing on key political issues on the agenda ahead of COP27 in November, including climate change mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance, and how we can deliver on the Glasgow mandates and collectively respond to the demands for global climate ambition. The meeting is taking place a few days ahead of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, and can therefore provide a political steer for the technical negotiations.
Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans said: “We need urgent action to keep the 1.5°C limit agreed in Glasgow within reach. COP27 must deliver a higher level of ambition on mitigation as well as concrete steps to speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In the EU, new challenges brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have not distracted us from our global climate commitments but rather urged us to fast-forward the clean energy transition. We will also step up our efforts to tackle the biodiversity crisis: nature is our best ally in the fight against climate change.’’
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. MoCA therefore provides an excellent opportunity for participants to exchange views on the lessons learnt from the last three decades, and on how to advance with the transition to sustainable and resilient, net-zero emissions economies.
EVP Timmermans' opening remarks
- Publication date
- 31 May 2022
- Directorate-General for Climate Action