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International activities

Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution. Much progress is already under way both in terms of international cooperation and commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Paris Agreement 2015

A global agreement for climate action post-2020 was concluded at the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015. Australia is a party to the Paris Agreement, which it ratified on 9 November 2016.

The Paris Agreement is a turning point for global climate action. It provides for five yearly reviews of national mitigation, adaptation and support commitments, underpinned by a rules based system to assess whether countries are meeting their pledges. In August 2015, the Australian Government committed to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading its international engagement on climate change through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Government commissioned modelling about the economic impacts of international and domestic climate action on Australia. More information about the modelling can be found at the following link:

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