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Media Release
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

9 December 2004

Minister to attend Kyoto Conference in Buenos Aires

The Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will lead an Australian delegation to Buenos Aires for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges facing global environmental policy," Senator Campbell said.

"I will be discussing the need for climate change action beyond the Kyoto Protocol and Australia's offer to host a ministerial conference on this issue early next year."

Senator Campbell will speak as a panelist for a ministerial discussion on the impacts of climate change, chair the Umbrella Group which includes some of our trading partners such as the United States, Japan and New Zealand. Other members are Canada, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakahstan. He will also participate in a number of key bilateral meetings with Ministerial colleagues from other countries.

"I will also discuss our practical initiatives, such as our offer to make available Australia's leading edge technology for carbon accounting, and to promote climate change cooperation throughout the Asia Pacific region."

The Buenos Aires conference is between 6-17 December, with the ministerial segment from 15-17 and a series of bilateral meetings from 12-14.

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