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

13 September 2006

Minister to attend high level climate change summit

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will continue Australia’s push for an effective global response to climate change at an international Ministerial climate change summit in Zurich this week.

Senator Campbell said the invitation-only forum would bring together Ministers from about 30 countries to informally discuss ways to address climate change and would help set the agenda for the annual meeting of the United Nation’s Climate Change Convention in Nairobi in November.

"The message I’ll be taking to Zurich is that the world needs an effective global response to climate change – one that involves all the major emitters, is good for the environment and is good for the world’s economies," Senator Campbell said.

"Two key issues we’ll be discussing are how we can best develop and transfer new low-emission technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and how to prepare countries to adapt to the unavoidable effects of climate change.

"The world needs a ‘multi-track’ approach to climate change so that countries across the world have the opportunity to work in different ways appropriate to their specific circumstances."

Senator Campbell said his invitation to represent Australia at this meeting showed Australia’s role in responding to climate change was well respected internationally.

"Contrary to claims that we are ‘out of the loop’, Australia is in the thick of international action on climate change," he said.

"We’ve demonstrated our credentials by taking practical international action – we’re an active member of the United Nations Climate Change Convention; we’re founding members of the AP6; we’ve been invited to participate in the G8 Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development; and we’re taking action through a number of practical bilateral partnerships.

"For example, in October I’ll be leading Australia’s largest ever renewable energy and energy efficiency business mission to China. It will support the expansion of Australia’s renewable energy industry and lead to further practical cooperation between our two countries on climate change."

"While in Zurich, I’ll also be meeting with some of my Ministerial counterparts to encourage them to continue supporting the international fight against whaling."

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