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Catherine McKenna named as a facilitator of Paris climate conference

Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna speaks during a news conference, in Paris, France, on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

PARIS – Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been named to a group of 14 international ministers who will serve as facilitators of the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

The group was created to assist French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, the conference’s president.

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A spokesperson for McKenna said the minister would lead informal discussions with her international counterparts and negotiating teams to move forward certain parts of the text of the agreement.

The French government said each minister would be assigned a certain theme, although McKenna’s has not yet been announced.

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