Québec is aware that strong global cooperation is essential for meeting the climate challenge and is answering the call from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for increased funding to fight climate change in countries that are most vulnerable to its impacts. To that end, Québec is launching the International Climate Cooperation Program.
A budget of 18 million dollars, derived from the Green Fund, has been allocated to the Program, which is managed by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec (MDDELCC).
The Program supports cooperation projects between Québec’s academic, research, international cooperation and private sector communities and Francophone countries that are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and does so primarily through technology transfer and capacity building. Priority will be given to projects carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa and the West Indies.
International financing of climate action in developing countries
The contribution that countries are making with respect to climate change varies considerably, as does their capacity to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to its inevitable impacts.
In accordance with the principle of shared but differentiated responsibility, international financial support is an essential catalyst for efforts deployed by developing countries to strengthen the resilience of the biophysical environment and the capacity of their societies to adapt to the impacts of climate change, limit their GHG emissions and support the transition to sustainable development.
The Paris Agreement provides that developed countries mobilize substantial financial resources to aid developing countries. The funding expected from these countries was set at $100 billion annually until 2020, at which time it should be revised upward.
Québec, a committed player
Québec decided to respond directly to the appeal by the United Nations to increase the international funding of climate actions in developing countries by announcing climate cooperation measures totalling $25.5 million for Francophone countries that are the most exposed to the impacts of climate change.
Québec’s initiative sets a noteworthy precedent in terms of multilateral climate financing, since it is one of the first direct contributions by a federated state.
Drawing on Québec’s expertise, especially in the areas of clean technologies, energy, climate research, and adaptation to the impacts of climate change, projects that are supported must meet one or more of the following objectives:
- Foster capacity building, human resource training and governance building in local partner organizations to enable communities to assume genuine responsibility in the fight against climate change.
- Support the development and promotion of culturally appropriate solutions, including local technical and scientific expertise in fighting climate change.
- Enable the transfer, adaptation and deployment of proven clean technologies within the framework of the sectoral themes chosen during the call for projects.
- Foster the emergence of a dynamic business ecosystem and effective value chains to ensure the successful deployment and maintenance of clean technologies.
By providing tangible support and expertise to countries that are particularly affected by climate change, Québec is continuing to exercise its international leadership in the fight against climate change.
The deadline for submission of projects is January 31st.
For more information, please access: http://www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/programmes/coop-climatique-internationale/index.htm