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

11 December 2005

Montreal Climate Action Plan - a win for the environment

Today’s agreement of 189 countries at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal heralded a new chapter in action on global climate change, Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

After marathon all night negotiations, there was unanimous agreement among all nations on a positive new pathway forward to create an effective international response in the post-Kyoto period.

Senator Campbell said Australia had played a key role in the negotiations and had worked closely with the Canada President of the Conference and many other nations to get agreement to start a dialogue on post-Kyoto approaches for long-term cooperative action on climate change.

“The post-Kyoto dialogue is an objective the Howard Government has been promoting since 2004 and has been reflected in decisions from the conference this week,” Senator Campbell said.

The Montreal Climate Action Plan will deliver:

“Australia has always said that an environmentally effective response to climate change requires action from all major greenhouse gas emitting countries. The Montreal Climate Action Plan is an historic step in achieving this goal,” Senator Campbell said.

“The importance of advancing research, development and deployment of breakthrough technologies that will enable continuing economic growth with substantially lower greenhouse gas emissions was repeatedly emphasised during the Montreal meeting.

“The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate (AP6) brings together Australia, the United States, China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea, to achieve just this.”

The first Ministerial meeting of the AP6 will be held in Sydney in mid January.

Media contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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