On the occasion of the meeting between Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron in France, the Canadian and French NGOs call in a letter sent today, Friday, April 13, the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the French Republic to reinforce their actions in the fight against climate change.
To keep global warming below 1.5 ° C, it is fundamental to subject trade law to environmental law and to incorporate the principles of the Paris Agreement as binding elements of CETA and future trade agreements being negotiated by the two states. It is also necessary to remove all climaticide provisions found in existing agreements or in preparation.
Canada and France hold the presidency of the G7 in 2018 and 2019. The signatory organizations of this letter ask both states to make concrete proposals to make international trade a lever for a just ecological transition and to invite member countries of the G7 to present ambitious plans for decarbonisation of the global economy.
For Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada: “Trade agreements can no longer be tools that reject climate science, ignore the views of communities and favor private interests over public ones. The Canadian presidency and the future French presidency of the G7 must work together, protect the diplomatic gains of the Paris Agreement and encourage the G7 states to revise upwards the nationally determined contributions (NDCs).”
For Morgane Créach, director of the Réseau Action Climat France: “Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau must be coherent. It is no longer acceptable to say that we want to defend the Paris Agreement on the one hand while signing climaticide trade agreements on the other. The Franco-Canadian summit must recognize that the existence of trade agreements, including CETA, is now subject to compliance with the commitments made under the Paris Agreement.”
Press contact (Canadian association) :
- Catherine Abreu, Climate Action Network/Réseau Action Climat Canada, +1 902 412 8953
Press contacts (French associations) :
- Samuel Leré, FNH, + 33 6 87 41 16 03
- Mathilde Dupré, Institut Veblen, +33 6 77 70 49 55
- Lucile Dufour, Réseau Action Climat France, +33 6 77 27 40 03
Credit photo: Nicoleon