The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the primary framework for international climate change cooperation. Its overarching objective is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous human induced interference with the climate system.
Through our participation in COP27, Australia:
- Strengthened international partnerships and collaborations to help drive Australia’s orderly economic transition to net zero, boosting our capability and securing jobs for Australian workers
- Contributed to an effective global response to climate change and support the international community to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement
- Showcased Australia’s climate leaderships and diverse climate action, share lessons and experience with other countries
- Demonstrated our potential as a renewable energy superpower and the opportunities of green trade partnerships
- Supported enhanced climate action through climate finance and partnerships with our Pacific neighbours.
The Australian Pavilion hosted key events and panel sessions each day. Events, activities and displays had a range of participants from across government, industry, non-government organisations, First Nations Australians and the public.
We have published video and highlights of key events.
Find out more about Australian Pavilion COP27 events.
Australian Government announcements made at COP27 are available on the announcements page.
The purpose of COP
The international community will come together to discuss and make decisions on how to implement the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement to address climate change.
See what they’re trying to achieve.
The UNFCCC aims to prevent “dangerous” human interference with the climate system.
Find out more about the UNFCCC.
Adopted by 196 Parties at COP21, the Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It aims to aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.
The annual COP provides an opportunity for countries to come together to discuss and make decisions on how to implement the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement to address climate change.
Ahead of the COP, Australia’s international climate change negotiators meet with climate change negotiators from other countries several times to discuss the climate change issues to be considered at the COP and develop the texts for the COP decisions.
COP27 considered a range of issues, including adaptation, loss and damage, mitigation, climate finance and carbon markets.
Stakeholder consultation and information sessions
The Australian Government holds regular information and engagement sessions on the UNFCCC and other international climate change topics. These sessions are designed to give Australian stakeholders up-to-date information as well as gather and better represent the diverse views of Australians in our international engagements.
Register at Australia’s UNFCCC engagement hub to receive important updates.
Find out more
Find out more about Australian engagement at COP27.
See the COP27Aus page.