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Speech
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

New Delhi, India
30 October 2002

Address to the Eighth Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


Australia supports those who stress that the great part of the work to bring greenhouse gas emissions under control remains to be done and that this is a task for both the developed and the developing countries. The world is warming, and we can all do something towards stabilising emissions.

Australia is committed to meet the target that we negotiated at Kyoto and we have put in place policies which are already significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia has significantly increased the level of our climate change related financial assistance to developing countries and substantially increased our contribution to the GEF (Global Environment Facility).

The IPCC third assessment report confirms that stabilisation of greenhouse gas emissions at any sustainable level will require action by countries in all regions.

The process surrounding Kyoto has been a valuable first step, but Kyoto fully implemented will reduce global emissions by around 1% - Kyoto fully implemented will reduce global emissions by around 1%.

We need reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions of some 50-60% by the end of the century if we are to stabilise greenhouse gases at a level that will avoid the worst effects of anthropogenic intervention in the climate system.

The IPCC’s third assessment report confirms that all countries will need to take action.

We all occupy this globe, we all have an interest in the outcome and we all have an interest in seeing in place the global framework that will actually achieve the result that we are all seeking.

This underlines the unavoidable fact that climate change is a global problem that requires a response by all major emitters if it is to be addressed effectively. We understand that these responses will need to be differentiated to reflect national economic and social needs and priorities.

It seems to us that this conference is a very important opportunity for the world to not only acknowledge what has been done and what is already committed to be done, but to begin the process of looking ahead.

This is an opportunity to be forward looking and I believe the people of the world will be looking to us to be forward looking and to say that we are actually going to address in substance the problem that we face. Therefore, Australia believes that the Delhi declaration should reflect the need for a further process to be put in place to bring into being the global arrangements that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a sustainable level.

Thank you.

Commonwealth of Australia