Media backgrounder: Canada at the UN General Assembly & Climate Week 2023

Published On: September 19, 2023

Read Climate Action Network Canada's backgrounder on the major events happening this week, with quotes on our expectations, and our scorecard evaluating how Canada measures up to the key elements of the UN Acceleration Agenda.

From Sept. 15-17, more than 600,000 people participated in over 700 actions across 60 countries urging governments to end fossil fuels. In Canada, where record wildfires have burned all summer, more than 50 communities organized mobilizations, and more actions are planned in Quebec for later in the month.

This week, a series of high-level political events in New York offers world leaders a chance to reset, ratchet up their ambition on climate action in response to the scale of the climate crisis and the public call for action, and move ahead on collective solutions after a tense Bonn Climate Conference and G20 Leaders’ Summit. The UN General Assembly, Climate Ambition Summit and other key events must set the stage for COP28, laying the groundwork on accountability and implementation while rebuilding eroding trust between parties from the Global North and South.

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