Canada supports UN principles for new climate change deal

    NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment
Minister, John Baird, met today with Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Minister Baird
emphasized Canada's support for the UN's efforts to reach agreement on a
process for a new global climate change deal post-2012.
    "On the day when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won a
Nobel Peace Prize for its extraordinary work, I told Mr. de Boer that the
science is clear, the world must now act, and Canada is ready to do that,"
Minister Baird said. "We support the UN process as the only way to get a truly
global agreement."
    The UNFCCC has indicated to the countries attending the climate change
conference that there are three major principles to achieve:
    - The world must come together and agree to launch negotiations on a
      post-2012 agreement;
    - There must be an agreement on what the building blocks of a future
      agreement would be;
    - And there must be an agreement on an end date for negotiations.
    Canada is in agreement with those essential elements and is seeking an
end date of 2009 for negotiations.
    Minister Baird also outlined Canada's position that a new agreement must
include all major emitters, with common but differentiated targets.
    "Canada is prepared to accept mandatory, binding targets and work with
the UN and participating countries to come up with a process which will lead
to worldwide greenhouse gas reductions," said Minister Baird. "If we are going
to achieve real reductions in greenhouse gases, I am in full agreement with
the United Nations that we need these three principles as our starting point."

    (Egalement offert en français)

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, In
Indonesia: Gregory Jack 085857032502

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