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Climate change

Australia is committed to ambitious and practical action on climate change. We’re taking significant steps at home, in our region, and at the global level.

We’re focused on developing practical, scalable solutions that will enable Australia to reach net zero, while partnering with other countries to decarbonise and grow our economies.

DFAT leads Australia’s international response to climate change through multilateral negotiations, our foreign policy and trade and climate-related support through our development assistance program.

Our work includes:

Australia’s new Ambassador for Climate Change, Ms Kristin Tilley

Ms Kristin Tilley was formally appointed as Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change by Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Minister for Foreign Affairs in November 2022. The Government committed to re-instate the role of the Ambassador for Climate Change during the 2022 election.

The Ambassador for Climate Change will play a leading role in international climate advocacy, including engaging with Pacific and Southeast Asian neighbours and providing advice on to Government on international climate issues to advance our foreign policy, economic and development interests internationally.

The Ambassador for Climate Change can be followed on Twitter at @AusAmbClimate.

Australia at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) will take place in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt. It will bring together representatives from around the world to tackle climate change. Visit the COP27 website for more information.

Australia’s COP27 Pavilion will demonstrate our diverse climate action. It will highlight Australia’s emissions reduction and adaptation action across a range of sectors, bring together a broad range of Australian industries and NGOs, and highlight the importance of First Nations engagement. Join our Stakeholder Engagement Hub to get involved.

Australia’s path to net zero

DFAT works closely with other government departments to ensure our international and domestic climate action is aligned. Visit their websites to read more on their climate change policies and activities.

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