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Climate Change

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on climate change. (134039)

I have just returned from China where my meetings with Premier Wen and State Councillor Tang included discussion on the importance of international co-operation on climate change. I also presented a proposal for Sino-UK collaboration in creating sustainable cities, launched phase II of the UK-China Sustainable Development Dialogue and delivered three keynote speeches on sustainability and climate change to international audiences.

Earlier in April, I launched the British Embassy / British Council climate change campaign “Opportunity through Action” in Prague with keynote speeches at a dinner debate and a youth conference. I engaged Czech Prime Minister Topolanek, and Deputy Prime Ministers Bursik and Vondra on the subject of climate change during separate bilateral meetings and later that week I discussed similar issues with Maltese Prime Minister Gonzi and President Adami.