At the EU Environment Council the Minister will attend a number of meetings including ones with UK Government Minister, Lord de Mauley, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister, Alex Attwood and Scotland’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse.
At the Brussels SD Summit the Minister will participate in three panel discussions looking at the bio-based economy, cities and regions and international collaborations. Other panel members will include the European Commissioner for Climate Change, Connie Hedegaard and Brice Lalonde from the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development.
The Minister will be raising the profile of Wales’ contribution to addressing climate change by highlighting progress on its SD Bill. Earlier this month the Minister launched the Bill’s White Paper.
Speaking ahead of attending the conference, the Minister said:
“After attending the Doha Climate Change Conference earlier this month I am keen to continue raising Wales’ profile as a country that is taking action on the things that affect people and their communities. We have a packed programme in Brussels and I will be looking for opportunities to identify new economic and social opportunities for Wales.
“I am looking forward to telling European Ministers about our proposals for a Sustainable Development Bill, as outlined in the White Paper I launched earlier this month.
“I believe that the Bill offers a clear way forward to deliver on our commitment of making sustainable development the central organising principle of public services in Wales. It will strengthen how we can deliver a better future for Wales.”