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

18 November 2006

Kyoto review welcomed by Australia

Australia has welcomed the decision by member nations at the Nairobi meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to undertake a formal review of the Kyoto Protocol.

“It is a welcome step”, the Australian delegation leader and Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator the Hon Ian Campbell said today.

“The review will invite submissions from all member nations by August 2007, with the review to be completed at the Conference Of the Parties (COP) in 2008.

“The Review will be an important foundation in considerations for a post-2012 framework to build a New Kyoto. Australia worked closely in Nairobi with European Union nations to insist on a timely and robust review of the protocol.

“It’s important that all major economies are included in a New Kyoto framework and this is a view widely shared by developed countries and strongly supported by Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the Stern Report.

“It’s critical that a New Kyoto framework includes all major economies. Were all developed countries to have zero emissions in the next few years, the phenomenal growth in emissions from rapidly industrialising countries, if left unchecked, would make the achievements in the developed countries count for little.

“Furthermore, a proposal from Russia to develop a formal process for consideration of alternative commitments by developing countries—including a framework for voluntary emissions targets— was strongly supported by Australia and will also be considered in conjunction with the formal Review.

“On another front, the Dialogue process, which was championed and co-chaired by Australia, was widely regarded as a great success and a clearing house for new ideas on which to build a future framework. The Dialogue is widely seen as a forum where entrenched national positions can be put aside to allow countries to openly discuss ideas and options as part of developing a more effective international response to climate change.

“Australia took an energetic and constructive role in all forums and our participation has borne fruit. I have committed Australia to play an ongoing leadership role in the UNFCCC.”

The next Conference of the Parties will be held in Bali in 2007.

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Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902

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