Environment

New Brunswick participating in climate change conference (09/12/08)

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Dec. 8, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick is part of the Canadian delegation participating in the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, being held Dec. 7-18.

"I am very pleased that the Province of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Climate Change Secretariat are being represented in Copenhagen and are part of Canada's team," said Environment Minister Rick Miles. "As a province, we have taken a position of leadership in Atlantic Canada on the issue of climate change, and our participation at the conference in Copenhagen demonstrates our commitment to reaching the goals of the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012 and achieving self-sufficiency by 2026."

Representatives from 170 countries will gather in Copenhagen to work toward the possible signing of a new climate change protocol.

The conference is the 15th Conference of the Parties under the United Nations' Climate Change Convention. More information is online.

The director of the New Brunswick Climate Change Secretariat will represent the province's interests in areas of provincial and/or shared federal-provincial jurisdiction as a member of Canada's delegation. New Brunswick's goals and objectives include:

"It is very important for New Brunswick to be part of the process in Copenhagen to ensure that our province's interests are protected and addressed in Denmark," said Miles.

The provincial government launched the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.

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