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CONSULTATION PAPER SETS OUT FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENDA

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The department of the environment has issued a consultation paper setting out proposals for the UK's approach to t...
The department of the environment has issued a consultation paper setting out proposals for the UK's approach to the Special Session of the UN's General Assembly to be held in New York from 23 - 27 June.

The consultation paper sets out the main areas the government considers to be of immediate environmental importance and which will require action in the near future.

Commenting on the consultation paper, environment secretary John Gummer said:

'We need to bring a sense of urgency and shared responsibility to the environmental challenges we face.

'Our immediate priorities are climate change, oceans and freshwater and forests. In addition we want the special session to ensure that sustainable development underpins the work of the United Nations and acts as a catalyst for action at all levels.

'The special session is a unique opportunity to bring renewed political momentum to the Rio process, and I want the UK to continue to play a leading role.

'The UK government would like to maintain the forward looking participatory approach which characterised Rio and its follow-up.

'This consultation paper is part of that process. We are working closely with a wide range of organisations outside government, and with colleagues in the European Union to ensure that the special session results in a clear agenda for future international action.

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