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Climate Change

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

16. To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with counterparts in other European states on climate change. (125514)

Last week I met the director-general and senior officials at the World Health Organisation in Geneva to discuss the very serious effects that climate change is having on public health, and on the growth of the world’s big cities.

And through the UK China Task Force, I am discussing with the Chinese Government how we can share our knowledge and expertise to develop a policy for more sustainable cities both in the EU and Asia.

In September, I attended the ASEM leaders’ conference in Helsinki on behalf of the Prime Minister last September, and also a major European conference in Portugal, where I discussed progress on the post-Kyoto agenda and climate change.