Canada's Environment Minister Meets with Indonesian Special Envoy on Climate Change



    OTTAWA, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird,
met earlier today with the Indonesian Special Envoy for Climate Change,
Ambassador Soemadi Brotodiningrat, to discuss key issues at the upcoming
United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Indonesia is the host country of
the conference.
    "I appreciate the Ambassador travelling to Ottawa to discuss the upcoming
conference, and confirmed to him Canada's belief that any future agreement
must involve binding commitments for all major greenhouse gas-emitting
countries," Minister Baird said. "We also discussed Canada's plan for tackling
climate change, because we believe our integrated and balanced actions to
address cleaner air and climate change can be adapted by other countries to
help them meet their own national objectives."
    The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will begin two
weeks of meetings on December 3, 2007 in Indonesia, the focus of which will be
a process to negotiate a new international climate change agreement for
post-2012.
    "I am pleased to have this opportunity to meet with Canada's Environment
Minister to discuss the upcoming United Nations climate change conference,"
said Ambassador Soemadi. "As host, Indonesia is meeting prior to the
conference with a number of key countries who are involved in the
international effort to address climate change. Canada is certainly an
important partner in that effort."
    Ambassador Soemadi was recently appointed by the Government of Indonesia
as that country's Special Envoy for Climate Change. He is currently meeting
with a select group of Environment Ministers to discuss their respective
countries' objectives and the possible outcomes of the international meeting.
    "The importance of concerted international action can not be
under-estimated," Minister Baird noted. "We intend to participate
constructively in the negotiations toward a post-2012 agreement and both the
Ambassador and I look forward to a successful conference that will help define
global solutions to a global challenge."

    (Egalement offert en français)

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For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008


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