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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
30 November 2005
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will lead an Australian delegation to the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Montreal, Canada, in December.
Representatives from 189 countries will meet from 28 November to 9 December to assess international progress on climate change measures and discuss future international climate change action.
Senator Campbell will participate in a number of high-level discussions and bilateral meetings to discuss future joint climate change measures.
He will deliver a National Statement during the high level segment from 7 to 9 December during which he will call for a fresh approach to the global climate change effort, and emphasise the importance of countries collaborating on practical actions in response to climate change.
He will also chair meetings of the Umbrella Group – a coalition involving Australia, the United States, Japan, Russia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland and the Ukraine – with shared interests across many aspects of the international climate change agenda.
“Australia remains a strong and active member of the United Nations Framwork Convention on Climate Change and the Montreal meeting will provide an important forum through which we can work with other parties towards an effective global response to climate change,” Senator Campbell said.
“While we are all working towards where we go next on a global basis, realistically it will take some years to achieve agreement on the nature of a future response.
“In the interim, Australia is also taking strong action to reduce emissions.
“The Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate will help drive the development of essential technologies, our bilateral partnerships are already delivering real and practical benefits, and our technological-focused partnerships, such as the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, are ensuring international cooperation on new technologies.
“The Australian Government holds a key place at the international table, and we will continue to tackle climate change both at the international and domestic levels.”
Domestically, Australia has committed $1.8 billion in measures to reduce our national greenhouse gas emissions – an investment which has the nation on track to meet its Kyoto target of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions to 108 per cent of their 1990 levels by 2010.
Renae Stoikos on 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434