Gatineau, Quebec: Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault concluded his visit to India where attended G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Ministerial Meeting in Delhi and Chennai.  

During three days of meetings in Delhi and Chennai, Canada expressed support for increased climate ambitions, including at the upcoming 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to keep a 1.5°C temperature rise within reach; the G20 taking the lead on a commitment to phase out unabated fossil fuels; the full and effective implementation of the landmark Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), and the successful launch of the GBF fund to support developing countries; and; working effectively towards the conclusion of negotiations for a new, legally binding global instrument to end plastic pollution by 2024.

According to a statement issued by the federal government, Canada and India have longstanding ties and a history of cooperation on climate change and the environment. 

Minister Guilbeault had met with his counterpart, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav, and Minister of Jal Shakti (Water), Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. 

The federal government said these meetings covered shared interests as well as aspirations for the Indo-Pacific region and reinforced the need to work together now and in the years ahead to tackle the issues of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

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