Governor Newsom Welcomes Swedish Delegation to California, Signs Climate Partnership
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SACRAMENTO ~ Sacramento - As the four-day state visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden continues, Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom welcomed them to California today. The purpose of their visit is to renew a climate partnership between California and Sweden that was first established in 2017.

Both California and Sweden have set ambitious goals to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, making them leaders in global climate action. To further their efforts, the two economies signed a Letter of Cooperation (LOC) outlining five years of collaboration on various initiatives such as zero-emissions transportation and infrastructure, local climate action, clean energy, and climate-smart agriculture.

The historic LOC was signed by Governor Newsom and Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell at the Stanford Mansion in Sacramento. The full text of the agreement can be found here.

Governor Newsom expressed his excitement about partnering with Sweden, stating that their joint efforts will benefit communities from Stockton to Stockholm. He also highlighted how both California and Sweden have been at the forefront of taking bold climate action.

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Minister Forssell echoed this sentiment, emphasizing that as world leaders in innovation, both countries believe that international collaboration is crucial in solving future challenges. He sees this partnership as a clear step towards deepening their relationship.

California's impressive track record in tackling the climate crisis has led to partnerships not only within the United States but also around the world. Last year, Governor Newsom led a delegation to China where they signed five Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with various provinces and municipalities. This trip also resulted in a groundbreaking declaration between China and California to work together on subnational climate action.

In addition to China, California has also signed MOUs with other countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and the Netherlands in 2022 alone. The Governor has also joined forces with neighboring states and provinces, including Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, to reaffirm their commitment to climate action.

California's efforts have already exceeded its 2020 climate target six years ahead of schedule, setting an example for other regions to follow. With the renewal of the partnership between California and Sweden, it is clear that both economies are determined to continue leading the way in addressing the global climate crisis.

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