EU, China and Canada co-convene the 5th Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA)

 

Last week, EU Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Mr Huang Runqiu, China's Minister for Ecology and Environment, and Mr Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's Minister for Environment and Climate Change, co-convened the 5th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA).

The annual meeting, hosted this year by China, was held virtually for the second time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MoCA is the first major ministerial meeting of the year on international climate action, and will be an important stepping stone towards the COP26 in November. Discussions focused on how to enhance global ambition on emission reductions, while supporting cooperation and solidarity between the Parties.

The MoCA is also an important forum for understanding country-specific challenges and opportunities in implementing low-carbon, resilient and sustainable policies and measures in a green recovery world.

Participants included Ministers from G20 countries and other key parties in the UN climate negotiations. The EU has urged its international partners to follow its commitment to net zero emissions by mid-century and undertake significant emission cuts by 2030 to put their countries on a pathway to uphold their Paris Agreement commitments.