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UNFCCC COP27 key outcomes and road to COP28 – Stakeholder Debrief

Australian government Cop27 design and debrief

On 2 February 2023, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) hosted a virtual stakeholder information session. This session outlined COP27 key outcomes, early COP28 expectations and an update on Australia’s bid to co-host COP31 in partnership with Pacific Island countries.

COP27 key outcomes – support for vulnerable countries and more

COP27 made progress across several topics being negotiated, including: a new collective climate finance goal, how to measure progress related to adaptation, technical work on Article 6 carbon markets, and the design of forward work on mitigation. In addition to the negotiating items on the formal agenda, the COP27 cover decision preserved Glasgow agreement to seek to limit temperature rise to 1.5 °C, recognised the critical role of renewables in the global energy transition and called for reform of multilateral development banks. The signature out of COP27 was agreement, earlier than anticipated, to establish new funding arrangements for loss and damage, including a new fund. Australia was pleased to support these new arrangements including the establishment of a Transitional Committee which, over the next year, will develop recommendations on how best to operationalise the new funding arrangements. With 10 developed and 14 developing country seats on the committee, Australia has taken the opportunity to be a developed country representative. This prominent role presents us with an opportunity to represent our region’s interests.

The Australian Government was represented at Ministerial level by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, the Hon Chris Bowen MP; the Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Senator the Hon Jenny McAllister; and the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP. All three Ministers engaged in full programs of bilateral meetings and events, reflecting significant international interest in collaborating with Australia on climate change.

Australia’s Pavilion drove engagement between stakeholders and strengthened international dialogue and collaboration. Over 45 well-attended events and four documentaries were led by federal, state and local government, First Nations, youth, business, industry, and non-government organisations. The space provided the opportunity for dialogue and collaboration on climate action, including the energy transition, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, and global cooperation to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. It also raised the voices of those most vulnerable to climate change, including First Nations, women and youth. Australia also joined six initiatives supporting our national interests, including to address forest degradation, conserve mangroves that can store carbon, to increase the use of wind power, climate resilient agriculture, reducing methane emissions and to clean up maritime transport emissions. Further information on initiatives Australia joined or endorsed at COP27 can be found at

Reflections from Australia’s Climate Change Ambassador Australia’s recently appointed Ambassador for Climate Change, Ms. Kristin Tilley, outlined her experience at COP27, and provided her broad reflections on how the Action Agenda segment of the annual COP processes has increased in scope and importance.


Stakeholder feedback

DCCEEW has actively sought and appreciated stakeholder feedback on Australia’s engagement, particularly regarding the Pavilion. It has largely been positive, with some suggestions how to improve in preparation for COP28.


Road to COP28

From 30 November to 12 December 2023, COP28 is to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There are indications COP28 will be outcomes-focussed and aims to re-inject a sense of optimism and hope into climate negotiations. As President-Designate Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, has made the case for a pro-growth, pro-climate agenda to support an inclusive energy transition that leaves no one behind.


Australia’s bid to co-host COP31 in partnership with Pacific Island countries

Australia has joined with our Pacific family in a bid to co-host COP31 set to take place in 2026. An Australia-Pacific COP would be a key opportunity to highlight the vulnerabilities of countries in our Pacific region and accelerate global action. Further announcements will be made if we secure the COP31 hosting rights.


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