LONDON: Sweden, Mexico and Canada have endorsed the Under2 Coalition – an alliance of 170 jurisdictions, spanning six continents and 33 countries – of which The Climate Group acts as Secretariat.
Welcomed to the Coalition by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr in California this week, the three countries join several nations, including the likes of Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and others, as members of the Coalition. Together they will be committed to driving ambitious climate action, with the goal of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2050.
“The Under2 Coalition provides an unprecedented opportunity for jurisdictions from all over the world to come together and scale up innovative policy solutions to tackle climate change,” says Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group. We welcome the endorsements of Sweden, Mexico and Canada to the Coalition, which is an invaluable tool to position them at the forefront of driving sustainable and prosperous economies.”
Commenting on Sweden’s endorsement, Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden, said: “There has never been a greater need for international cooperation on climate. Sweden will push for higher global ambition on climate change and will work to draw more international attention to the actions and ambitious reduction goals that are needed.”
Sweden has recently committed to phasing out greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045, one of the most ambitious climate plans among developed nations. “We see that the advantages of a climate-smart society are so huge, both when it comes to health, job creation and also security,” she concluded.
“In Mexico, the short, medium and long term strategies are carried out in congruence with the National Programs and based on the General Law of Climate Change with regard to the implementation of public policies through the National System of Climate Change, in which the participation of state and municipal governments plays a fundamental role in the achievement of objectives and goals,” said Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Lacy. “Those actions also contribute to the commitments made by our country in international fora, particularly within the framework of the UNFCCC.”
Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, added: “The governments in the Under2 Coalition, like California, are leading the fight against climate change. They know that investing in clean growth will help all members reach their ambitious climate change goals and grow their countries’ economies. I applaud their leadership in reducing emissions and supporting clean innovation. Canada is proud to endorse their actions today.”
Canada’s province of Québec also sits as North American co-chair of The Climate Group’s States & Regions Alliance. Thanks to this alliance, many other provinces – such as Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario – are collaborating on sharing innovative policies and climate solutions.