Australian Government

Appointment of Australian climate change special envoy and ambassador

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Source: Australian Government

The Rudd Government has strengthened its international engagement on climate change by appointing a Special Envoy on Climate Change and an Ambassador for Climate Change, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said today.

“It is my great pleasure to announce that Mr Howard Bamsey is being appointed Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change and Ms Jan Adams is being appointed Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change,” Senator Wong said. “The Prime Minister made climate change a focus of his meetings with world leaders. “These appointments reflect the government’s determination to help shape a global solution on climate change.

“As the world works along the Bali Roadmap towards a new long term climate change agreement, international climate change negotiations will become more frequent and intense. “These appointments will enable Australia to ensure an appropriately high level of representation at these crucial negotiations.

“Mr Bamsey is the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and is renowned for his skills in multilateral climate change diplomacy. “Ms Adams is a First Assistant Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and played an outstanding role representing Australia in negotiations for the Bali Roadmap. “Mr Bamsey and Ms Adams have both demonstrated enormous capacity to navigate the complex issues of international climate change negotations.

“The Rudd Government recognises Australia has a responsibility, as a developed country, to take the lead in international action and discussions. These appointments will help deliver on that responsibility.”

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