Canada calls new UN agreement an important first step

    NUSA DUA, BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment
Minister, John Baird, stated Saturday after the conclusion of the United
Nations Climate Change Conference that he was pleased to see the world sign on
to a new international agreement that acknowledged all countries must play a
    "From the very beginning of these discussions, Canada's position has been
that we must have an effective, binding international framework that leads to
real greenhouse gas reductions. To reach that goal all major emitters,
including China, India and the United States, need to be on board and the
world moved closer to that goal today," said Minister Baird. "Our Government
is proud of the principled position we have taken. With the United States now
signed on to this framework the results of this conference show progress and
we see that as an important first step. Now we need further progress by other
major emitters over the next two years.
    The agreement reached earlier today launches a two-year effort to
negotiate a global plan to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to climate
    "Make no mistake; the next two years will be a challenge, with long and
intense negotiations. Canada looks forward to meeting that challenge and to
working with our international partners to develop a global solution in the
fight against climate change," said Minister Baird.
    As the conference began Canada and the United Nations set out with three
main goals:

    - the world must come together and agree to launch negotiations for a
      post-2012 agreement;

    - there must be an agreement on what the building blocks for a framework
      should be, and;

    - there must be an end date for negotiations of 2009.

    Canada has been successful in achieving these goals.
    "Climate change is a global problem requiring global solutions, and we've
seen that with today's agreement. We have a track record of leadership on the
environment at the G8, APEC, the Commonwealth and the United Nations." said
Minister Baird. "Let me be clear - Canada is committed to the United Nations
process, we are committed to a new international framework driven by science,
and we are committed to action with our Turning the Corner Plan. Now is the
time to act."

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441, In Indonesia: 085857032508;
Environment Canada Media Relations (819) 934-8008 1-888-908-8008

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