Climate change discussions and negotiations: a calendar
The Rudd Government has emphasised that a major part of Australia’s efforts to control global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would be Australia’s participation in international negotiations leading to a global agreement on this issue. Domestically, the government proposed an Emissions Trading Scheme, which is currently being debated in Parliament.
Australia participates in a number of bilateral and multilateral climate change partnerships. It is party to both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The main feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it contains legally binding GHG emissions targets for developed countries that are parties to the Protocol. The Australian Government is currently participating in international meetings intended to shape a future global response to tackling climate change.
The formal negotiations are taking place within the various meetings and working groups that have been established under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol framework. This background note will be a ‘living’ document, updated to include any new developments on this front.