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Senator Wong in Korea for Major Economies Climate Change Meeting.

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PW 88/07 20 June 2008


Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong will attend the Fourth Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change in Seoul, Korea this weekend (21-22 June).

The Major Economies Meeting is a forum established by the United States to foster discussion amongst the world’s major economies on an effective global response to climate change, which aims to support and accelerate discussions in the United Nations climate change negotiations.

The Seoul meeting will be the fourth of the ministerial-level Major Economies Meetings, following the initiative’s launch in September 2007. This meeting will be followed by a Major Economies Leaders’ Summit on 9 July, being held in conjunction with the G8 Summit in Japan.

“This weekend’s meeting aims to progress high-level discussions on the key elements of a future international climate change framework, to feed into next month’s Leaders’ Summit,” Senator Wong said.

“Both this meeting and the Leaders’ Summit provide important opportunities for Australia to continue to influence the development of a new post-2012 agreement on climate change.”

The Major Economies Meeting brings together Ministers and senior representatives from 16 major economies including the United States, China, India, the European Union, Australia and other key players to discuss future international action on climate change.

This significant grouping of countries represents around 80 per cent of all global emissions.

“Agreement among the world’s major economies is a critical step in driving consensus within the broader United Nations negotiations,” Senator Wong said.

“Climate change is a global challenge that requires a truly global solution. Engaging with these countries is crucial in helping to shape that solution.”