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Kyoto Protocol—Montreal Negotiations

Tuesday 13 December 2005 Hansard source (external site)

Choudhary6. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY (Labour) Link to this
to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues

What reports has he received on the outcomes of the Montreal negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and under the Kyoto Protocol?

ParkerHon DAVID PARKER (Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues) Link to this

The Montreal negotiations achieved three significant advances. First, there was unanimous agreement that human-induced climate change is accelerating and is a very serious problem. Second, all United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change signatories, including the USA, agreed unanimously to work together on further climate change responses. Third, progress was made on implementing the Kyoto Protocol, which is at present the most important and effective instrument to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

ChoudharyDr Ashraf Choudhary Link to this

What risks to New Zealand’s interests were avoided in relation to Kyoto Protocol carbon credits for exotic forests?

ParkerHon DAVID PARKER Link to this

There was a potentially disastrous proposal that would have prevented New Zealand from counting pine forests as carbon sinks. Due to the good work of the New Zealand negotiators, this proposal was rejected.

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