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Australia urged to ‘pull its weight’ on climate despite praise for Albanese ‘step-up’

Ban Ki-moon and Laurence Tubiana say greater ambition needed as climate bill debated in Senate

TheGuardian, Adam Morton Climate and environment editor
Tue 6 Sep 2022

Global climate figureheads have welcomed Australia’s increased climate commitments under the Albanese government as a “positive first step”, but said the country needs to do more to match other developed countries and play its part in efforts to limit global heating to 1.5C.

Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations secretary general, now the deputy chair of The Elders, an international non-governmental organisation of public figures, told the Better Futures forum in Canberra that he welcomed the Albanese government prioritising a climate change bill "to lock in new and improved climate ambition", calling it "the step-up that the world has long been waiting for".

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