Canada abruptly pulled out of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) last week, making it the only country in the world not party to the agreement. Reasons for this decision lie in sluggish progress and bureaucracy, the government announced.
Canada’s Stephen Harper government made the decision behind closed doors without consultation.
This follows another unexpected decision late last week to fold Canada’s aid agency CIDA into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The CIDA decision was widely criticised by Canada’s development community for directly linking aid to trade.
Moreover and even o a greater impact Canada decided at the Climate Talks in Durban in 2011 not to undersign a new Kyoto Protocol on the reduction of greenhouse gases.