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AUSTRIA:

Federal Minister for the Environment, Youth and Family Maria Rauch-Kallat agreed with Australia on the important role of women and NGOs in implementing Agenda 21 and echoed Germany's call for a high political profile for the CSD. She said that the CSD must address changing consumption patterns, forests and nuclear energy. Forestry policies are needed for all parts of the world, not just the tropical areas, and she called for moving the issue of forests up on the CSD agenda.