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Australia bids to host UN climate summit, sets new emissions target

Australia will introduce a more ambitious UN emissions target “very soon” and is in a bid to co-host a COP summit with Pacific island neighbors, Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Thursday, indicating a ground change in climate policy. gave.

During the first solo foreign trip since taking oath of her centre-left government, Wong acknowledged that “Australia neglected its responsibility” under previous governments.

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Wong told hosts in Fiji’s capital Suva that it would not be “disrespectful” or “ignorant” of Pacific nations to act on climate change.

“We were elected on a platform to reduce emissions by 43 percent by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050,” she said.

“And we’re not just going to say it, we’re going to put it into law and we’ll be submitting a new nationally determined contribution to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) very soon.”

Under conservative leadership, Australia – already one of the world’s biggest gas and coal exporters – has become synonymous with playing spoilers in international climate talks.

Wong said the new Labor government wants to maintain that record by co-hosting a future climate summit.

“We have proposed a bid to co-host a future United Nations Conference of the Parties with Pacific Island countries and I look forward to further discussions in this area about this idea.”

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