North American & European regions join together on climate action

26 June 2009

Premier Jean Charest of Quebec and Premier Gary Doer of Manitoba together with The Climate Group, hosted the Minister of Environment for Catalonia, Francesc Baltasar i Albesa, and the President of the Assembly of European Regions (AER), Michèle Sabban, in a state-regions breakfast event at the end of Green Week in Brussels.

The event marked a first formal relationship between North American and European regional leaders. It came on the heels of a Scottish state-regional event earlier in the week and a Midwest state officials visit to Germany - all clearly marking ever increasing international cooperation at the state and regional level.

The Premiers, as the founders of The Climate Group's states and regions initiative in 2005, made it clear that they are continuing to advance leading actions in wind power, geothermal power, hybrid buses and cleaner cars, energy efficiency, clean energy grids and low carbon technology on the road to copenhagen.

International states and Regions Director at The Climate Group, Jane Gray noted that "Premier Doer and Premier Charest together with their European counterparts, agreed that it is federated states and regional governments that will do the "heavy lifting" to implement a new global climate change deal. They agreed that they would be ready, willing and able to cooperate across continents to get the job done."

As a concrete example of their commitment, the two Canadian Premiers signed Letters of Intent with the United Nations Development Program to partner with developing country regions on climate action.

"This shows that in a time of economic storm these leaders are not only working to help their citizens through green economic development- they are reaching out to developing country regions to help them weather the longer term storms of climate change", Ms. Gray concluded.

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