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

14 December 2004

Climate change conference - Buenos Aires


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, is in Buenos Aires leading the Australian Delegation at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP10). Australia is one of 189 countries participating in the meeting until 17 December to discuss progress in addressing climate change.

"Australia and our Pacific neighbours are highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change and we have a strong interest in global action to mitigate and adapt to climate change," Senator Campbell said today.

"That is why Australia has been working so hard to encourage domestic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and actively promoting clean and alternative energy supplies.

"Australia is right on track to meet its agreed Kyoto target for greenhouse gas emissions (108 per cent of 1990 emissions by 2008-12). This means our emissions will be 15 per cent lower in 2010 than if we had taken no action.

"However, based on some current projections, global emissions will be 30 per cent higher in 2010 than in 1990. This reflects the absence of commitments by many major emitters to the Kyoto Protocol, including developing countries.

"We need to find international responses that are environmentally effective, economically efficient and involve all major emitters.

"Above all we must tackle this issue in a way that safeguards world economic growth and development."

Senator Campbell joins other Ministers at COP10 to discuss challenges, responses to the impacts of climate change and the role new technologies will play in an effective international response.

Senator Campbell is one of six ministers delivering a statement at COP10 on the impacts of climate change, adaptation measures and sustainable development .

"Our collective understanding of the potential impact of climate change and its causes is still evolving, yet it is already clear that in the coming years all countries will need to adapt to climate change," he said.

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Wayne Grant 02 6277 7640 / 0407 845 280

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