International negotiations

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The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading our international negotiations on climate change through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

 

The main global forum for climate change negotiations is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Australia is working constructively in the UNFCCC towards a legally-binding global climate outcome that is effective, fair and efficient. This agreement is to include mitigation commitments for all major emitters and is to be finalised by 2015 and commence from 2020.

Australia takes an active role in the negotiations to advance and protect our national interests. Australia is the chair of the Umbrella Group, a loose coalition of non-EU developed countries. Australia is also an active participant in the Cartagena Dialogue, a forum of developed and developing countries working to advance a progressive agenda on climate change issues. Both the Umbrella Group and the Cartagena Dialogue are helping drive international climate change action.

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations have made strong progress in recent years towards a legally-binding global climate outcome that is effective, fair and efficient.

Australia regularly makes submissions to the UNFCCC. These submissions outline the government's views on issues that are important to international climate change negotiations.