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Australia Wants To Host COP29

The Government of Australia has shown interest to host the Conference of the Parties (COP29) with the Pacific.
13 Jul 2022 11:37
Australia Wants To Host COP29
Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs,Penny Wong.

The Government of Australia has shown interest to host the Conference of the Parties (COP29) with the Pacific.

It comes as it showed commitment on climate change mitigation efforts with an ambitious target to reduce its carbon emissions by 43 per cent come 2030.

During a press conference with Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy, he said: “The Communiqué also welcomed our interest in hosting a UN Conference of the Parties, a UN COP, in partnership with the Pacific and it is fair to say in both that meeting and in our bilaterals there’s a real sense of enthusiasm for Australia undertaking that endeavour but we’ll see how it goes.”

He said there was a real sense of enthusiasm and, quite frankly, a palpable sense of relief that Australia is back in the game of taking action on climate change.

 

Mr Conroy is in Fiji with Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong attending the 51st Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Suva.

Australia’s Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese will arrive into the country today.Mr Conroy said: “The leaders have welcomed our action on climate change including: 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 on the way to a legislated net zero emissions by 2050.

“A commitment to a Pacific infrastructure financing partnership on climate change; an objective of our policy of reaching 82 per cent renewable energy by 2030,” he said.

When asked if Australia’s emissions target was credible as one of the highest in the developed world, Mr Conroy said it definitely was.

 

“Our 43 per cent target will cover the whole of Australia’s emissions. So those coal mines that you mentioned will go through the normal environmental approvals but Foreign Minister Wong is absolutely right, the 43 per cent emissions reduction target will be across the whole economy and we’re confident we’ve got the policies in place to achieve that,”he said.

Meanwhile, COP26 President, Alok Sharma, will visit Fiji at the end of this month.

British High Commissioner Brian Jones said this would be a great opportunity to raise the profile of climate vulnerable countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to a global audience ahead of COP27 in Egypt later this year.

 

Feedback: wati.talebula@fijisun.com.fj



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