The Commissioner responsible for the environment, Mrs. Bjerregaard, attended the meeting of the G7 Environment Ministers in Hamilton, Canada, from 29 April to 1 May 1995. Topics discussed during the meeting included international issues such as climate change, biodiversity, the role of international institutions and sustainable development, the integration of the environment and economy, and options for "greening government policy". In particular, Mrs. Bjerregaard stressed the need for an integrated economic and environmental policy and for a consistent set of policy options with regard to the environment. The Commissioner felt that an integrated approach needed to be implemented to encourage the use of market mechanisms and to review existent policy interventions. The G7 Ministers discussed progress in implementing the 1992 Convention on the Conservation of Biological Diversity, the principal mechanism for advancing the conservation of the world's species. They also welcomed the results and decisions taken by the Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention in Climate Change in Berlin earlier this year.