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Climate Change

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of his Department’s performance in persuading other countries to subscribe to action to address climate change. (246492)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and its network of posts are working to create the political conditions for a global deal at Copenhagen to avoid dangerous climate change.

We are working beyond traditional government-to-government diplomacy to mobilise civil society, business leaders and others.

We assess posts’ progress twice a year, as part of the FCO’s business planning cycle. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Gregory Barker) on 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 744W, giving examples of progress.

Since then FCO posts have contributed to the major agreement reached at the December European Council on the EU’s ambitious package of climate change and energy legislation, including a 20 per cent. cut in the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions (to be increased to 30 per cent. as part of the right international agreement).