Recommendation 001/2018 of 26 September 2018 of the CETA Joint Committee on trade, climate action and the Paris Agreement

THE CETA JOINT COMMITTEE,

Having regard to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement ('CETA') between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part ('the Parties'), and in particular Article 26.1(5)(f) thereof,

Whereas:

HAS ADOPTED THIS RECOMMENDATION:

  1. The CETA Joint Committee recognises the importance of achieving the purpose and goals of the Paris Agreement adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC at its 21st session, in order to address the urgent threat of climate change, and the role of trade to this end.
  2. The CETA Joint Committee affirms the Parties' commitment to effectively implement the Paris Agreement, as a multilateral environmental agreement within the meaning of Article 24.4 of CETA, with the aim of strengthening the global response to climate change and holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In this regard, the Parties are committed to progressively increase their efforts to mitigate climate change.
  3. In light of the above, the CETA Joint Committee recommends that the Parties cooperate, work together and take joint actions as relevant to address climate change and promote the mutual supportiveness of trade and climate policies, rules and measures thereby contributing to the purpose and goals of the Paris Agreement and the transition to low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

For the CETA Joint Committee


On behalf of the EU


On behalf of Canada

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