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Kyoto Protocol

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions she has had and (b) representations she has made to (i) Russia, (ii) Germany, (iii) the United States, (iv) Canada, (v) Australia, (vi) China and (vii) India on implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. (93610)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) leads the Government’s work on climate change and has responsibility for ensuring the UK meets its Kyoto target. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and its network of posts, supports DEFRA. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary’s role is to promote the Government’s objective to move to a low carbon global economy. A stable climate is an immediate security and prosperity imperative and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary is putting climate security at the heart of foreign policy. Working with international partners is essential for tackling climate change policy and moving to a low carbon economy. DEFRA and the FCO have regular discussions with the countries in question. For example, both my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Foreign Secretary met with counterparts from many of these countries at the successful second ministerial meeting of the Gleneagles Dialogue in Monterrey, Mexico on 3-4 October.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the (a) European Union and (b) United Nations on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. (93617)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) leads the Government's work on climate change and has responsibility for ensuring the UK meets its Kyoto target. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and its network of posts, supports DEFRA. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary's role is to promote the Government's objective to move to a low carbon global economy. A stable climate is an immediate security and prosperity imperative and my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary is putting climate security at the heart of foreign policy. EU and UN leadership is essential for tackling climate change policy and moving to a low carbon economy. DEFRA and the FCO have regular discussions in both forums. For example, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made climate security a key focus of her speech at the UN General Assembly in September.