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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

30 October 2002

Claims Dismissed as False by Minister

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, dismissed as false claims made by Climate Action Network spokesman, Mr Daniel Kennedy.

According to Dr Kemp, the claim made by Kennedy that Australia was not playing a constructive role at the climate change meeting in New Delhi was nonsense.

"We are continuing work for an effective global approach to climate change that includes all major emitters of greenhouse gases including the US and developing countries," Dr Kemp said.

Dr Kemp said also, that claims by Kennedy that he was snubbed by the Australian delegation were false.

"Mr Kennedy attended, along with a representative from the Australian Conservation Foundation, a briefing provided by a senior Australian official last week in New Delhi.

"Both people were advised that further briefings would be provided as the meeting progressed."

Head of the official Australian delegation and Australia's Ambassador for the Environment, Mr Christopher Langman, stated that representatives from non-government environmental organisations were asked to nominate a representative to join the official delegation and have in previous years taken up this opportunity.

"This year, the opportunity was not pursued by the NGOs," Mr Langman said.

Over the next three days Dr Kemp will lead Australia's work to prepare a forward looking Delhi Declaration that will set the scene for action to address climate change.

"There is a recognition at this conference about the need to move beyond the Kyoto Protocol," Dr Kemp added.

"I will be working to achieve recognition of the need for a global approach which takes into account the needs and capacities of all our global neighbours."

Since arriving in New Delhi, Dr Kemp has met with Vice Chairman, Jiang Weixin from China, business leaders from Australia and hosted a function for Pacific Island countries' representatives.

As well as attending the high-level segment's round tables today and tomorrow, Dr Kemp will also meet with Indian Minister for the Environment and Forests, Mr Baalu; US Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, Dr Paula Dobriansky; New Zealand Minister of Energy, Mr Pete Hodgson; Japanese Minister for the Environment, Mr Shunichi Suzuki; Canadian Minister for the Environment, Mr David Anderson and the Director-General Environment of the European Commission, Ms Catherine Day.

Tonight the Minister will attend a Heads of Delegation dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of India, the Hon. Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Media contacts:
Catherine Job (Dr Kemp's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400
Melanie James New Delhi 0419 690 516 (Australian no.)

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