The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, will co-host a meeting of G7 Environment, Oceans and Energy Ministers on the theme of “Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy” from September 19 to 21, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Chairs’ Summary: G7 Joint Ministerial Session on Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Communities
Under the auspices of Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency, the G7 Ministers of Environment, Oceans, and Energy were joined by representatives from Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Norway, Seychelles, and Vietnam as well as leaders from international organizations, industry and youth in discussions held in Halifax on September 20, 2018, under the overarching theme of Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities.
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- G7 Initiative on Earth Observation and Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Chair’s Summary: G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting
Under Canada’s 2018 G7 Presidency, the G7 Ministers of Environment and Energy convened in Halifax from September 18-21, 2018, under the theme of Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy. Ministers were charged with building from the deliberations of the June G7 Leader’s Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, including the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities. They were joined in Halifax by representatives from Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Norway, Seychelles, and Vietnam as well as other leaders from international organizations, industry and youth.
Read the full Chair’s Summary: G7 Environment Ministers’ Meeting.
Chair’s Summary: G7 Energy Ministers’ Meeting
Under Canada’s G7 presidency, Energy Ministers or their representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union (Heads of Delegation) met in Halifax, on September 21, 2018, to discuss progress since the 2017 Rome meeting and to plan future collaboration. The meeting revolved around the central theme of Building the Energy Systems of Tomorrow (BEST): systems that are secure, resilient, sustainable and clean, and which afford opportunities to a diverse array of workers, as the world shifts to low-carbon energy sources and technologies.
Read the full Chair’s Summary: G7 Energy Ministers’ Meeting.
Participants in the meetings are G7 Environment, Oceans, and Energy Ministers. Participants may also include representatives of guest countries, international organizations, non-government organizations and engagement groups, by invitation of the Co-Chairs.
The Co-chairs set the agenda of the ministerial meeting and deliver a summary of the discussions. The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will chair the discussion sessions on climate change with her G7 counterparts. The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources will chair the discussions sessions on clean energy with his G7 counterparts.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Minister McKenna and Minister Sohi, will co-host G7 counterparts for a joint session on Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Communities.
Catherine McKenna: Welcome. I’m very pleased that you’ve all joined us at the Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
So, welcome everyone.
Jonathan Wilkinson: At this G7 Meeting of Ministers, we’re talking about oceans, the state of the oceans, the importance of oceans for the global economy.
Catherine McKenna: We have a serious task, but also an opportunity.
Jonathan Wilkinson: We’re going to be talking to our G7 counterparts about how we actually address these issues, and how we show international leadership to ensure that around the world, we’re addressing these critical problems.
Catherine McKenna: I’m also looking forward to discussing gender equality. We know that women are disproportionally impacted by the effects of climate change. And we also know that they’re part of the solution.
Brune Poirson: These are extensive discussions that allow us in particular to direct our actions in order to produce concrete achievements for the lives of our populations.
Ola Elvestuen: Plastic pollution has to be stopped. I’m very glad that I’ve been invited here to discuss this with the G7 and how to reach this common goal.
Catherine McKenna: This is the largest economic opportunity in our generation.
We are making historic investments in public transit, renewable energy and green infrastructure.
Amarjeet Sohi: One of the takeaways from this session is that we don’t understand how damaging it can be to the environment if we continue to pollute the oceans.
Olivia Ries: One of our dreams is to see not as much people arguing about whether or not climate change is real, instead of fixing it.
Amarjeet Sohi It’s not just for the pollution reduction, it’s about economic growth and opportunities.
Jonathan Wilkinson: They are expecting us to act significantly and immediately to protect the state of our oceans.
Catherine McKenna: We’ve seen considerable progress achieved by G7 and other partners. We need to set targets and goals, and we need to tackle the problem.