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Flying – To Stop Climate Change. A Memo on Travel Plans

Date:   December 20, 2018

 

From: John Greenwold, Director, Climate Change Policy Division

 

To: Administrative Services Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada

 

Subject: Travel Requirements for the Coming Year

 

Thank you for your rapid processing of my expense claims for my official travel from Ottawa to Katowice, Poland, to attend the 24th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 24). The arrangements were perfect, the hotel very comfortable and the restaurants most enjoyable.

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise you of the travel arrangements that I will require over the coming year.

 

As you will have noted from the Minister’s statements, COP 24 was a great success. In fact, the Parties agreed to follow up that success with 16 more conferences over the next year in preparation for COP 25. As part of my responsibilities, I will attend all of these conferences. These include:

 

The World Summit on “Leaving No One Behind” in Geneva, Switzerland, February 7-8, 2019

 

The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism in Bariloche, Argentina, February 13-15, 2019

 

Africa Climate Week in Accra, Ghana, March 18-22, 2017

 

Second UN High-Level Conference on South-North Cooperation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 20-22, 2019

 

49th Session of the IPCC in Kyoto, Japan, May 14-18, 2019

 

2019 Refinement to the 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, location TBA, May 2019

 

UNFCCC Intercessional in Bonn, Germany, June 17-27, 2019

 

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land, location TBA, August 16, 2019

 

IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, location TBA, September 20, 2019

 

UN 2019 Climate Summit, New York, September 13, 2019

 

UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, New York, September 24-25, 2019

 

UN High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development, New York, September 26, 2019

 

International Renewable Energy Conference, Seoul, Korea, October 23-26, 2019

 

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, Montreal November 4-8, 2019

 

Pre-COP, San Jose Costa Rica, October 2019

 

COP 25 (location TBA, but probably London, England) November 11-22, 2019

 

I estimate that 260,000 travel kilometres will be associated with these meetings, all of which will accrue to my Air Canada travel account, with the exception of those associated with the trip to Ghana in March, which I will delegate to my Assistant Director, Sheila Treehug. I will apply for travel advances on an as-needed basis.

 

As always, thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,

C. Leader

PS. Climate change is a MORAL issue. Please make it your priority.

1 Comment

  1. Doreen Charlebois

    December 21, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I just want all this nonsense to stop. How can any sane person really think all these world conferences will accomplish anything! It’s like all the meetings to stop poverty – just feed the poor and stop all the meetings, mailings, feel good lunches and expense accounts of the few at the top!

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