Lenore Taylor
Sydney Morning Herald
June 21, 2012

photoJulia Gillard Lights Beacon For Queen’s Jubilee. Source: Andrew Taylor/Getty Images AsiaPac

Julia Gilliard will throw Australia’s weight behind the push for new ”sustainable development goals” which will set clear standards on nations’ sustainable use of food, water and energy, when she addresses almost 100 world leaders at the Rio Conference.

The Prime Minister will also tell the United Nations conference in her address early today, Sydney time, that Australia is ”playing its part” in moving to clean economic growth by introducing the carbon tax, which begins in just over a week.

Each leader makes one short official speech on the floor of the conference. But Ms Gillard has already conceded the outcomes of the global meeting will not ”make an indelible mark on world history”.

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