Friday, September 21, 2007

White House Invites AAEA to Climate Change Summit

The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA) has been invited by the Bush Administration to participate in the international climate change summit that will include 16 nations. The summit will take place on Sept 27-28 and will be hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. James L. Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and Mr. Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will give opening remarks. The summit will be held at the Department of State.

President Bush relies on investment in new technologies, efficiency and flexibility in achieving global warming mitigation. AAEA will continue to promote technologies to reduce climate change. The Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy, AAEA's parent organization, recently traveled to China to tour facilities and promote new technologies. The conference will "seek agreement on the process by which the major economies would, by the end of 2008, agree upon a post 2012 framework," the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol. The following countries have been invited to send representatives to the summit: Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and South Korea.

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