Canada joins a second climate coalition during WEF Davos week

After an “informal ministerial meeting” in Davos last week, Canada joined a second global coalition taking aim at climate change, Minister of International Trade Mary Ng announced Saturday.

The “Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate” launched in Davos, Switzerland last Thursday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual summit. Members say the coalition aims to fight climate change with trade policies built on global collaboration.

Canada is committed to important action in this new realm, the government release said.

“Minister Ng endorsed the […] joint statement to ensure that climate action is at the heart of global trade policies,” the statement wrote.

“As a member of the Coalition, Canada is committed to working with its international partners to accelerate action to fight climate change and build a more sustainable and resilient economy.”

According to the coalition’s launch statement, it will use international trade cooperation to promote the uptake of goods, services and technologies that support climate mitigation.

Twenty-nine public officials from around the world joined.

Included in the coalition are the European Commission’s Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, Japan’s Minister of Economy Yasutoshi Nishimura, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

The announcement comes days after Canada revealed it would – with the help of 68 other global partners – bring climate action into the production industry.

On Wednesday, True North reported that Canada joined as a government partner to the “First Movers Coalition,” a group that plans to organize money flow in seven carbon-intensive industries in order to promote green-technology over carbon technology.

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