Statement - UN ranks Canada in top 5 best places to live - Canada continues to deliver leadership on climate change



    OTTAWA, Nov. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird,
today issued the following statement on the release of the United Nations
Development Program's Report 2007/2008 - Climate Change and Human Development.
The annual report outlines a human development index, ranking most of the
world's countries on health, educational and economic indicators. This year
Canada is ranked in fourth place, a climb up from last year's sixth place.
    "This report reinforces what our Government has been saying again and
again - that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world
today."
    "Canada believes that we have an opportunity to work towards a clear and
credible international frame-work with effective short, medium and long-term
targets. That is what we have done at home by introducing the toughest
emissions targets in Canadian history to reduce greenhouse gases by
20 per cent by 2020 and from 60 to 70 per cent by 2050."
    "Our Government has taken a leadership role in insisting that any
agreement on fighting climate change must include targets for everyone,
especially the big emitters like China, India and the United States, all with
an oar in the water, rowing in the same direction."
    "Greenhouse gases and air pollution know no borders and affect everyone
on this planet. That is why we need a deal that applies to all nations,
especially the large emitters."
    "Canada will continue to work hard within the UN-led process this
December in Indonesia, to ensure that the world heeds the warnings on climate
change. Our Government shares the United Nations' belief that the upcoming
conference in Indonesia will start the process towards a post-2012 agreement.
We will work constructively with our international partners to establish a way
forward on an agreement that is global, balanced and achievable."

    (Egalement disponible en français)




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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