It was also noted that the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels will provide valuable scientific information to inform climate action. The report will include chapters on how reducing short-lived climate pollutants like methane, black carbon, and hydrofluorocarbons, is necessary to limiting to 1.5˚C.
The meeting also focused on the critical role women play to realize climate change goals and sustainable development. Gender equality and women’s leadership were discussed across the agenda.
Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change said: “We know that women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change and we also know that they are part of the solution.”
G7 Ministers recognized that a transition toward a low-emissions economy represents a global opportunity, citing the findings of the 2018 report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate that climate action represents an opportunity to create $26 trillion in economic growth and 65 million jobs by 2030. To seize this opportunity it was recognized that businesses require certainty including clear policies, rules and consistency around pricing.
The meeting was attended by the G7 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Guest countries included: Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Norway, Seychelles, and Vietnam.
The meeting was hosted by Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources.