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Global climate talks: Downer and Turnbull to attend 27 Sept meeting of major polluters called by US president George Bush, who will host 15 countries plus EU in Washington

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was to attend a Monday climate summit in New York called by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who has invited heads of state and other top officials from more than 150 countries, according to Tracy Sutherland in The Australian Financial Review (22/9/2007, p.9).

Bush, Turnbull and Downer among participants: Downer and Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull will attend a Thursday meeting of major polluters called by US President George Bush, who will host 15 nations plus the European Union in Washington. A G8 leaders meeting in June committed its members to substantial, but unspecified, emissions cuts and to working inside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Preparing for December Bali meeting: It is hoped that momentum from the G8 and this week’s meetings will be carried into the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Bali in December, where negotiations on a new international climate agreement will formally start. “APEC nations agreed in Sydney on the need to set aspirational goals for emissions reductions and Australia is hoping to see some further progress in these meetings to build on those gains,” said a spokesman for Downer. “The UN’s Kyoto Protocol covers only 30 per cent of global emissions so we’d like to see general agreement next week on the need for an international framework that covers 100 per cent of emissions.”

The Australian Financial Review, 22/9/2007, p. 9

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