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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
26 August 2002
A reception for Pacific Island country delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development was the first engagement for Australia's Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp, today.
On arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa to lead the Australian delegation, Dr Kemp met representatives of Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Kiribatis, Nauru and Tuvalu to discuss common objectives for the Summit.
"I am pleased that the Pacific is developing a range of partnership proposals for consideration at the Summit," Dr Kemp said.
"Australia will also be launching a number of partnerships that we have been developing with Pacific Island countries focusing on issues such as climate change adaptation and oceans policy.
"These will build on the excellent partnerships supported by Australia's $500 million annual aid contribution to the Pacific region."
Dr Kemp said the partnerships announced at the Summit will have the potential to complement the excellent outcomes achieved for islands and coastal areas in the Summit's Plan of Implementation.
"I look forward to working with the Pacific Island countries throughout the Summit on achieving a more sustainable future for the region, and for the world as a whole."
Ruth Dewsbury (Environment Australia Public Affairs) +61 418 624847
Australia's Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp, with Solomon Island's Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Mr Nelson Kile