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Australia and China sign climate change agreement


Source: GLOBE Foundation

Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, attended the second Australia - China Ministerial Dialogue on climate change with Chinese National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua.

The need for a global agreement in Copenhagen in December was the key issue discussed during the Dialogue. Another outcome of the meeting was an agreement on a program of workshops and seminars to promote dialogue between Australian and Chinese experts and scientists.

Later in a 45-minute meeting, held in the communist leadership’s Zhongnan Hai compound in Beijing, discussion focused on the $US45 trillion ($50 trillion) overhaul of the world economy needed to counter rising global temperatures.

Minister Wong and Vice Chairman Xie agreed to renew the Australia - China Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change Activities which focuses on:

  • enhancing scientific understanding of climate change;
  • building capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change; and
  • developing opportunities in climate change technology, products and expertise.

Minister Wong and Vice Chairman Xie also signed a specific agreement for enhancing cooperation between the Department of Climate Change and China’s National Development and Reform Commission to help implement the Australia-China MOU.

'We have discussed actions that we can take to assist global efforts to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions at 450 parts per million carbon dioxide equivalent,' she said. 'We need all major economies, whether developed or developing, to play an important part in tackling climate change.’’

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