Québec's actions in international associations of federated states and regions

The mobilization of new global governance actors

Québec participates in some ten international associations of various kinds representing federated states and regions, including European, North American and global associations as well as thematic (climate change) and general cooperation associations.

Federated states and regions, because of their domestic jurisdictions, not only have a fundamental role to play in the implementation of decisions taken at the international level but also in their preparation because of their detailed knowledge of their territories and civil societies. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates, for example, that decisions taken by regional and local authorities can have an impact on 50% to 80% of greenhouse gas emissions.

The growing awareness, notably by international organizations, of the key role played by federated states and regions in the implementation of international agreements has been accompanied by a stronger commitment by federated states and regions to seek and refine solutions to various international problems. The European Union, for example, is giving regions an increasingly important role in shaping and implementing European policies. This action is being driven by the Committee of the Regions of the European Union and by joint policy forums such as the Conference of Regions With Legislative Power where Québec sits as an observer.

From regional associations...

Québec is actively engaged in a number of regional initiatives of the American federated states whose priorities are the diversification of energy sources, the protection of the environment, the fight against climate change and the management of water resources: the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) , the Council of Great Lakes Governors, the Great Lakes Commission, the Western Climate Initiative and the Climate Registry. Québec is also a member of multilateral economic forums that bring together companies whose main objectives are to increase trade and encourage technical and scientific collaboration. One of the most important of these is the Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CPA).

... to international associations

Associations of federated states tend to be more than strictly geographical associations, building rather on other affinities. For example, Québec has joined a number of associations where its voice and those of other federated states and regions can be heard in major international conferences on the environment and the fight against climate change. One example is the Alliance of Federated States and Regions of the Climate Group and of nrg4SD (Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development), of which Québec was the first North American member.

Other associations have a more specific cooperation mandate. For example, the Northern Forum allows Québec and other governments of northern regions to exchange information and expertise on problems unique to social and economic development in a northern and Arctic context.

Certain associations have a general cooperation objective. This is the case for the Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions, (in French only) of which Québec is a co-founder together with Bavaria.

Last update: 2017-07-07 3:07:00 PM