Wednesday, July 30, 2008

PNG has 'role to play' in combating climate change

By PNG correspondent Steve Marshall

ABC News Online, Posted Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:05pm AEST

Great Britain is calling on Papua New Guinea to play a leading role in combating climate change.

Climate change is the number one issue on the UK's foreign policy agenda and Papua New Guinea is home to a third of the world's rainforest.

After a recent meeting between the two country's prime ministers, British high commissioner to PNG David Dunn said the tiny South Pacific nation could play a lead role in combating climate change.

"Countries like PNG who traditionally probably haven't been central players in the global discussions now are, they are custodians of a third of the world's rainforests, so they really have a role to play."

The British Government is helping PNG forge a climate change policy ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark next year.

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