The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
FORMER MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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Media Release

FA35 / 15 March 2002

Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador for the Environment

I have today announced the appointment of Mr Christopher Langman as Ambassador for the Environment. Mr Langman will replace Mr Ralph Hillman, who has been Ambassador since November 1998. He is expected to take up his appointment in March 2002.

The principal functions of the Ambassador for the Environment include promoting Australia's national interests and policies on global environment issues overseas and in Australia, representing the Government at international conferences and negotiations on the environment and providing policy advice to Government on international environment issues. Reflecting these responsibilities, Mr Langman will report to the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio Ministers and to the Minister for the Environment.

Mr Langman's appointment reflects the Government's commitment to contribute to international efforts to address global environmental issues in a manner that is consistent with Australia's national interests.

Mr Langman is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has held a wide range of positions in the Department. His overseas postings include Buenos Aires, Washington and Geneva, where he was the Deputy Head of Mission at Australia's Mission to the United Nations. From 1998 to 1999, Mr Langman was the Australian Automotive Trade Facilitator.

Most recently Mr Langman served as the Assistant Secretary of the Environment Branch from 1999 to 2002.

Media inquiries: Julie McDonald (Departmental) 02 6261 1555


 

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