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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
1 November 2002
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, has tonight completed three days of high level climate change talks with the world’s environment ministers in New Delhi at the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 8).
A declaration was agreed by all Parties and Dr Kemp confirmed that Australia would continue to work for the development of an effective global regime that involved all major emitters, including developing countries.
"The Delhi Declaration is a small step forward from the status quo and recognises that most of the work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a level needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change remains to be done.
"The most encouraging feature of the Conference was the recognition by developed countries, and some developing countries, that the world needs to begin to move beyond Kyoto, if it is to formulate an effective response to climate change in the years ahead.
The Declaration states that "parties should promote informal exchange of information on actions relating to mitigation and adaptation to assist Parties to continue to develop effective and appropriate responses to climate change".
"We can’t expect leaps and bounds at each of these meetings of world environment leaders as many countries are faced with fundamental re-thinks of how they manage the energy consumption and other needs of their populations, and they obviously need more time to work through key issues.
"The Government is playing a facilitative role, with Australia significantly increasing the level of our climate change related financial assistance to developing countries in recent months.
"Australia continued to espouse its long-held position that there is a need to develop a pathway to engage developing countries in future climate change action.
"At this conference there was greater recognition of this than ever before."
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Melanie James (New Delhi) 0419 690 516 (Australian no.)