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Australia urge US to ratify Kyoto protocol

Australia appeals the US to ratify the Kyoto protocol ahead of the second round of climate change talks in Hawaii.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2008 10:45 IST

Australia has appealed the US to ratify the Kyoto protocol ahead of the second round of climate change talks in Hawaii.

US President George W Bush has invited Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and the United Nations to send representatives to the January 30-31 meeting.

The meeting will discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy security and efficiency and sustaining economic growth for the world's major economies.

The talks will also discuss voluntary measures for helping poor countries acquire cleaner technology that would help them to stem their own greenhouse gas pollution.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Climate Change Minister Senator Penny Wong would represent Australia. "We believe that all forms of global cooperation in dealing with the great challenge of climate change are necessary," Rudd was quoted saying in a media report in 'The Age.'

"That's why the first action of this national government was to ratify Kyoto," Rudd, said adding it was an action the US needed to undertake. "I believe it is time for the United States to ratify Kyoto as well," he said.

"We need America as part of the global climate change negotiations. America has been an overwhelming force for good in the world in so many areas - we need their voice at the table on climate change as well," he said.

President Bush held a first round of climate change talks in September last year under an initiative he proposed in June in the face of intensifying international pressure for Washington to do more to battle greenhouse gas emissions.