Minister McKenna discusses fight against climate change with women climate negotiators during COP24

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Minister McKenna discusses fight against climate change with women climate negotiators during COP24

News release

Minister McKenna and francophone women climate negotiators from the sub-Saharan African region gathered in Katowice, Poland, at COP24.

Minister McKenna met with Franco-African women climate negotiators to discuss the critical role of women’s voices when tackling climate change.

December 11, 2018 – Katowice, Poland

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, met with Franco-African women climate negotiators at COP24, in Katowice, Poland. Minister McKenna and the Franco-African women climate negotiators discussed the critical role of women’s voices to achieve meaningful results when tackling climate change.

In October 2018, Canada and France jointly held a training workshop on climate negotiations for francophone women negotiators from the sub-Saharan African region in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop, which was offered in French for the first time, helped participants develop the skills they need to participate in international climate negotiations, which they are putting into action at COP24.

The Government of Canada will continue to encourage a diversity of voices at the negotiation table by supporting the participation of women in climate policy. Climate change impacts us all. That is why everyone needs to be part of the solution. By working together, we can ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.

“Supporting the leadership of women and girls is critical to achieving ambitious climate action. That is why Canada puts gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the heart of its international efforts. Everyone needs to be part of the solution, and having those voices at the table means a better outcome in our fight against climate change.”

– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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