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"There is no question that climate change is now occurring with visible impacts on our environment. Together, Canada and the European Union are leading global efforts in the fight against climate change," said Peteris Ustubs, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada. "Climate action must outpace climate change. This year will be significant as we are moving ahead with the implementation of the Paris Agreement."
Signed in 2015, the historic Paris Agreement calls for ambitious action to effectively address global warming and its adverse effects. Canada, the European Union and the 28 EU Member States are among the pact's 197 signatory partners. The agreement urges countries to decrease their carbon footprint and gradually move to renewable sources of energy.
"Paris was a defining moment in the global challenge to safeguard the planet for current and future generations," Ambassador Ustubs continued. "We are happy to have the opportunity to raise climate action awareness at Winterlude."
"It is with great excitement that Canada’s Capital Region hosts the 40th edition of Winterlude, a much-loved winter celebration. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of wonderful activities that highlight our country’s nature, climate and culture. Thank you to all the partners who are helping bring this year’s celebrations to life. I invite everyone to join in the excitement,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The unveiling of the EU ice scuplture will take place on Saturday, 3 February at 5:30 p.m., at Confederation Park in Ottawa.
About the Delegation of the European Union to Canada
Established in 1976, the European Union Delegation to Canada is a fully-fledged diplomatic mission and, as such, the natural contact point in Canada between the EU and the Canadian authorities. It also has a strong public diplomacy mandate designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the European Union as well as EU-Canada relations.
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