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

21 September 2005

Minister to attend 'Friends of the President' climate change discussions


The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will reflect Australia's key role in international climate change and discuss future action when he attends a high-level meeting in Ottawa, Canada, this week.

The 'Friends of the President' meeting on 23 September is an invitation-only forum that will bring together some 40 ministers to consider areas for discussion at the upcoming 11th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP11).

Senator Campbell said key areas of discussion at the Ottawa meeting would include the critical role of technology in achieving future cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the link between sustainable economic growth and climate change, and the need for countries to adapt to the unavoidable consequences of climate change.

"These themes are entirely consistent with the recently announced Asia Pacific Clean Development and Climate Partnership and the approach Australia has been advocating both domestically and in the global climate change arena," Senator Campbell said.

Australia is also one of a small group of countries invited to be part of G8 discussions in November on implementing the Gleneagles plan of action on climate change.

"The fact that Australia has been invited to be part of both of these important forums reinforces that Australia is at the forefront of international action on climate change," he said.

"Australia has a major role to play in driving action on climate change, and this contribution continues to be recognised by our international colleagues."

The Conference of the Parties is the United Nations' major annual meeting to advance international action in addressing climate change and to set the agenda for the future. COP 11 is being hosted by Canada in November and December.

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office)  (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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