Thursday, May 24, 2007

Debate about ecology in Norway

"You should do as much as you can in your own country, because that will strengthen your economy in the long run," Clinton said in an interview with Jan Egeland at the Oslo event hall.
Egeland had asked about one of the key questions being debated in Norway, whether emission cut efforts would have most impact if carried out at home or abroad.
"Norway should prove that it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be an example for the whole world," Clinton said, but emphasized that this must go hand in hand with environmental measures in the third world.
Before giving his lecture in Oslo, which he had also delivered to audiences in Tromsø and Bergen, the former US president had had a lengthy backstage chat with Kofi Annan, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.
Annan was the lead speaker at Oslo leading auditorium, and he also believes Norway has a special role to play in the global environmental debate.
"You can lead the world on environmental issues," Annan said, drawing forth examples such as the UN commission led by Gro Harlem Brundtland 20 years ago and the current government's recent environmental goals as ways Norway can set the global climate agenda.
While Annan spoke, Clinton met with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and discussed the government's ambitious emission reduction targets. The two agreed to maintain close contact and examine possible cooperative projects between Norwegian authorities and the William J. Clinton Foundation.