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Global cooperation is key factor to success of environmental negotiations — Indonesian minister

BALI, Indonesia, Feb. 22 — Indonesian Environment Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said Monday that global cooperation is the key factor to the success of important environmental negotiations.

"The spirit of global partnership is undoubtedly a key factor in the success of these important negotiations and will continue to benefit developed countries, countries in transition and developing countries," Gusti said at the opening of the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum and the Simultaneous Extraordinary Conference of the Parties (EXCOP) Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions scheduled held in Bali's Nusa Dua on February 22-26.

Hatta said that the spirit of global partnership as outlined in Principle 7 of the Rio Declaration is highlighted through "the common but differentiated responsibility" approach.

"We hope that this concept will be carried forward in future negotiations," said Gusti.

Gusti took example of global support in making the Bali Declaration on Waste Management and Human Health as one of the World Health Organization's resolutions.

"Such strategic decisions illuminate our commitment to conserving our precious environment for current and future generation," said Gusti. (PNA/Xinhua)

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