Indigenous and Youth Delegates Join GNWT Delegation to COP27

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Yellowknife — November 2, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is bringing northern voices to the United Nations’ 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27).

COP27 is the latest gathering of the annual global climate change summit. Leaders whose countries are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meet to assess progress in dealing with climate change, share knowledge on GHG reduction and climate change adaptation, and negotiate protocols and agreements.

COP27’s agenda outlines climate change adaptations, climate resilience in developing nations, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and building on commitments and discussions from COP26.

For the Northwest Territories (NWT), the priority at this year’s event will be bringing northern voices to the global discussion, advocating for climate change adaptation, taking home information on reducing greenhouse gases, and building more resilient communities.

The GNWT delegation will co-host an event with the Yukon Government at the Canada Pavilion, spotlighting northern climate issues in both a global forum and with Canada, as part of the Pan-Territorial Adaptation Partnership.

COP provides a high-profile opportunity to advocate for Northern climate change issues to national and international audiences. This conference also provides the GNWT with the ability to influence the development of the plans and policies accompanying federal programming, particularly those being developed under the National Adaptation Strategy.

With parts of the NWT warming four times faster than the rest of Canada, participating in global forums like COP27 helps shine a light on critical climate change issues which require immediate action.

Quote(s)

“Highlighting northern perspectives is critical on the global stage. Together, with youth and Indigenous representatives, we will bring northern perspectives to COP27 – and advocate for global action, adaptation and investment to build more resilient communities in the face of the advancing climate crisis.”

-Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • The conference will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6-18, 2022.
  • COP27 will focus on adaptation, reducing GHG emissions, climate resilience in developing nations, and building on commitments and discussions from COP26.
  • The GNWT delegation will include youth and Indigenous representatives from the Northwest Territories including Reegan Jungkind, (youth), Monique Chapman (Indigenous youth), and Phoebe Rabesca, Tłı̨chǫ Government, Member – NWT Climate Change Council.

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Government of the Northwest Territories

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