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Climate change minister Penny Wong to attend first major economies forum.



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PW 96/09 19 April 2009 CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER PENNY WONG TO ATTEND FIRST MAJOR ECONOMIES FORUM Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, will attend the first meeting of the United States-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Washington on 27-28 April. The Major Economies Forum, announced by President Obama in March, is designed to facilitate frank dialogue between major developed and developing nations to help generate momentum toward a successful outcome at the UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen this year. President Obama has invited the leaders of 16 major economies and the Secretary General of the United Nations to designate representatives to participate in this first meeting in Washington. “The Australian Government strongly supports this US initiative to help bring us closer to the global agreement we all need,” Senator Wong said. “The world needs US leadership on this issue - and the Obama Administration has already injected a great deal of confidence in the process through its unambiguous commitment to tackle climate change.’’ The Australian Government is very encouraged by the high priority that the United States is placing on climate change, including its commitments to mid and long-term emissions reduction goals and the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. “But for any global agreement, momentum must be driven by many nations,’’ Senator Wong said. “Leadership must be shown on many fronts.’’