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The Climate Group showcases regional actions at United Nations Climate Conference

Date
13 November 2006
The Climate Group showcases regional actions at United Nations Climate Conference

The Climate Group is bringing Linda Adams, California's Secretary for Environmental Protection, to the COP in Nairobi the week of November 13th to meet with the heads of regional governments across the world to discuss climate change action. The roundtable will showcase how regional governments are addressing global warming through a discussion by an international delegation of government leaders at the UN Conference on climate change.

Ms. Adams will be joining in the delegation: Claude Bechard, Minister of Sustainable Development and Parks, Province of Quebec; Ross Finnie, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Scotland; and Esther Larrañaga, Minister for the Environment and Land Use Planning, Basque Region. Dr. Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, will be moderating the event.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for regional government leaders from around the world to share regional ideas and approaches for stopping climate change while stimulating the economy," said Dr. Steve Howard, CEO of The Climate Group, the only nonprofit organisation working internationally to bring business and government together to solve climate change. "Countries like the United Kingdom and states like California are leading the way towards a low carbon economy by implementing emissions reduction measures and administering trading systems."

The UN Climate Change Conference in Nairobi is the second meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 2) and is being held in conjunction with the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (COP 12). The Climate Group's participation follows its successful business roundtable held in Long Beach, Calif. last July where Prime Minister Tony Blair and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a historic agreement between the UK and California aimed at addressing climate change.

Following that agreement, California went on to enact AB 32, the nation's first law to legislate mandatory reporting, cap statewide emissions and mandate development of regulatory and market measures to meet the cap. Secretary Adams, who played a key role in the California law's passage, will share her insights at The Climate Group-sponsored roundtable in Nairobi with leaders of states and regions from other countries who have emissions caps in place and are implementing emissions reduction measures and administering trading systems.

"We are very pleased that Secretary Adams will be joining us. She brings considerable expertise on how government and business can work together to create a market-based policy that can curb emissions," said Dr. Howard. "California is proving that protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand in hand."

In an effort to bring together regional governments from across the world to discuss climate change action - committing a strong action to creating innovative reduction initiatives - The Climate Group is organising a series of events at the COP in Nairobi during the week of November 13.

Secretary Adams will be speaking at The Climate Group's side event on Monday, November 13th about state and regional action on climate change. Additionally, Secretary Adams is participating in a roundtable meeting on Tuesday, November 14th - organised by The Climate Group - with leaders from nine of the world's leading states and regions, as well as addressing the over 5,000 delegates at the COP on behalf of The Climate Group on Friday, November 17th about leadership actions and the formation of a state and regions alliance.

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