Raising Ambition: Young Canadians’ recommendations for an enhanced Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are countries’ official climate commitments to the Paris Agreement. They outline what countries pledge to do to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to climate impacts, both at home and abroad. Canada submitted its first NDC to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2017, however it does not reflect Canada’s fair share of emissions reductions and climate finance to meet the Paris target of halting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Civil society around the world are calling upon governments to submit revised, more ambitious NDCs to the UN.

This policy brief was published by BCCIC’s youth-led delegation to the UN Climate conference in Madrid (COP25). It outlines specific recommendations for Canada to include in an enhanced NDC, spanning topics from a new emissions target, putting Indigenous rights at the forefront of climate action, and considering how Canada’s climate finance, gender equality, agriculture, and nature conservation policies can be part of a progressive commitment to the Paris Agreement.

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