Australia: "Coalition Turns Back On UN Climate Summit"

"Australia will not be represented by a senior elected member of the Abbott government at next week's major round of international climate change negotiations starting Monday in Warsaw."

"It is also unclear whether the delegation of diplomats representing Australia at the talks has been given a final negotiating mandate for the meeting.

he Abbott government on Wednesday cancelled meetings with business representatives and foreign diplomats to brief them on Australia's stance at the climate talks.

The Warsaw climate summit is the first major round of United Nations climate change negotiations since the Abbott government took office. Countries are normally represented by ministers in the second week of major climate meetings."

Tom Arup reports for The Age November 7, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

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"Former UN Climate Chief: 'Australia Should Send Minister to Warsaw Talks'" (Guardian)

"Poland To Host Both UN Climate Change Conference and International Coal Summit" (AP)

Source: The Age, 11/08/2013