The Government of Yukon is sending representatives to the 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP27, running from November 6 to 18 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services and Climate Change Shehnaz Ali and Director of the Climate Change Secretariat Rebecca Turpin with the Department of Environment will attend the conference. They are part of a Yukon delegation that will include representatives of the Assembly of First Nations Yukon Region, Yukon University and a representative of the Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship, whose attendance is supported by the Northern Council for Global Cooperation.
Shehnaz Ali and Rebecca Turpin will present on two panels at the COP27. One panel will be with the Government of the Northwest Territories on climate adaptation and resiliency in Canada’s North and the second will be with the governments of Prince Edward Island and British Columbia on the efforts of Canadian jurisdictions to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
The Yukon is warming at twice the rate as many parts of the world and we are experiencing disproportionate impacts of climate change compared to many other jurisdictions. That is why we are working hard to be a national leader in climate mitigation and adaptation and it is critical that our voice is communicated and heard on a global stage at COP27. I look forward to hearing how our delegation demonstrated our successes when it comes to climate action and to bring back important insights on how we can continue to address the climate change crisis.
Minister of Environment Nils Clarke
COP27 is an opportunity for countries to come together to take action toward achieving the world’s collective climate goals as agreed to under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The pavilion area of the conference provides an opportunity for local governments, the business community, youth, civil and Indigenous societies and academics from all over the world to share their voices and promote dialogue and awareness of global climate action.
In September, the Government of Yukon released its Our Clean Future 2021 Annual Report, which details progress on key climate goals, including efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to renewable energy.
The Government of Yukon also released its first climate risk and resiliency assessment for the Yukon in September, which highlights the areas that Yukon is most vulnerable to climate change impacts and where Yukoners are already resilient to climate change.