Australia urges greater global action on climate change

Media release

15 January 2013

Australia has used its attendance at a world energy summit to urge the international community to take stronger action on climate change.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles, told the World Future Energy Summit in the United Arab Emirates that working towards an international solution to climate change remained one of the Australia Government's highest priorities.

"At the summit, I reinforced the message that the Australian Government was prepared to make larger cuts to pollution if other countries also do more to combat climate change," Mr Marles said.

Mr Marles was representing the Prime Minister at the summit and said Australia's attendance was warmly welcomed.

"Our plan for Australia's Clean Energy Future really resonates with the international community – particularly our commitment to a Renewable Energy Target of 20 per cent by 2020."

At the Doha round of climate change negotiations, Australia worked with other countries on the new global agreement, which will apply to all countries from 2020, and on increasing mitigation ambition between now and 2020.

"Australia and many countries in the Asia-Pacific, such as China and Korea, are taking action to reduce emissions because they know a future free from dangerous climate change is in everyone's interests."

During his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Mr Marles also met his counterpart, Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

"Dr Gargash and I had a productive discussion, highlighting the strength and great variety of our bilateral relations."

Australia and the UAE are both energy producing countries that are actively working to ensure the long-term sustainability of their resources industries. Both countries pursue active foreign policies, and contribute to global security. The UAE hosts the Australian Defence Force's Middle East headquarters.

Mr Marles had the opportunity to address a meeting of Australian businesspeople in Abu Dhabi.

"In many ways, Australian businesses have paved the way for our countries' close political relations," he said.

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