Trudeau, Obama issue joint statement on Arctic, climate, energy

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent makes an approach to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent makes an approach to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting Washington Thursday.

He and President Barack Obama on Thursday morning issued a joint statement on Arctic leadership, climate and energy.

The statement says the two countries plan to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as each agreed to do in the Paris climate talks.

They also announced a so-called “new partnership” in the Arctic. They’re embracing science-based decision-making to conserve Arctic biodiversity and incorporating indigenous knowledge.

The two leaders are also pledging to work together to establish low-impact shipping corridors and standards for oil and gas development that are rooted in science.

They’re calling for a binding international agreement to keep unregulated fishing out of the Central Arctic Ocean.