Melbourne: Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked India and China to be prepared to make commitments in the fight against climate change, besides pressing the US to follow Canberra’s lead and sign Kyoto protocol.
Rudd ended Australia’s decade old resistance to the treaty on reduction of greenhouse emissions leaving the US as the only developed nation not to have endorsed Kyoto.
Saying that Australia had a bad record on climate change, Rudd said: “It’s time to put that behind us. I believe that we now need to do whatever we can to bridge the gap between the developed and developing worlds, because right now the gap is huge.”
He further said that China and India also must be prepared to make commitments in the fight as well as the US. “Our position vis-a-vis Kyoto is clear cut, and that is that all developed and developing countries need to be part of the global solution,” he said.
“When it comes to developed countries, we need to see our friends in America as part and parcel of that as well. And therefore we do need to see the United States as a full ratification state when it comes to Kyoto,” he added.
The new government of Australia has dramatically changed the country’s approach to climate change policy. One of the first act of the new prime miniter being the ratification of Kyoto.