Group on International Research and Cooperation
Partnership Announced Between Australia and the United States: Following
is the text of a joint statement released February 27, 2002 by the United
States and Australia.
The governments of the United States and Australia today announced an
agreement to establish a Climate Action Partnership. The agreement was
reached following meetings on climate change held in Washington this week
between Dr. David Kemp, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage,
and several senior members of the U.S. Administration, including: EPA
Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, Chairman of the White House Council
on Environmental Quality James Connaughton, Deputy Secretary of Energy
Francis Blake, and Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky.
U.S.-Australia Climate Action Partnership will involve the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department
of Energy, and the U.S. Department of State and their Australian counterparts.
The initial meeting will be coordinated by Under Secretary of State Dobriansky
and Dr. Kemp.
The partnership will focus on practical approaches toward dealing with
Informal working groups will involve officials, under senior-level leadership,
from the Departments of Commerce, Energy and State and the Environmental
Protection Agency, and their Australian counterpart agencies, as well
as research bodies and industry. They will focus on such issues as emissions
measurement and accounting, climate change science, stationary energy
technologies, engagement with business to create economically efficient
climate change solutions, agriculture and land management and collaboration
with developing countries to build capacity to deal with climate change.
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