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About COP28

The climate crisis is intensifying and it’s touching every part of our lives. Global efforts to address climate change are more urgent than ever. That’s why the world is gathering at the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP).

COPs bring together the 198 countries that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Together, they work out how to address the global issue of climate change.

Australia is taking on the climate challenge in partnership with the global community.

COP28 is being held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, from 30 November to 12 December 2023.

Pavilion and events

The Australian Pavilion at COP28 is a platform for the diverse stories of Australia's climate action and serves as a home-away-from-home for Australians on the ground.

The Australian Pavilion hosts dozens of events throughout COP to tell our story, build new partnerships and advance international cooperation. The full events schedule will be posted on the Australian Government’s UNFCCC Engagement Hub. Watch our event videos.

See the events schedule

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This year’s big issues

We expect COP28 to send a strong signal to spur global action on climate change. A key focus for COP28 is the Global Stocktake. This is the first big check-in of the world's progress towards meeting the Paris Agreement's collective temperature, adaptation and finance goals.

Under the Paris Agreement, countries are obliged to submit climate commitments called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which include emissions reduction targets. The next round of NDCs is due in 2025. This year’s Global Stocktake will help shape those commitments by showing how close (or far) we are from meeting the temperature goals and what we need to do to course correct. We expect a strong focus on energy transition, including the role of renewables.

Other major items for COP28 include deciding on a framework for tracking progress on the global goal of adaptation, and establishing new funding arrangements, including a fund, to help developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate impacts to respond to loss and damage.

Learn more about the Paris Agreement and our involvement

Australia's action on climate change

Australia is working hard to decarbonise our economy, transform into a renewable energy superpower and help communities and our environment adapt to change that is already happening. We are committed to urgent and effective climate action at home and in our region.

We are reducing emissions across all sectors, through accelerating renewables integration in our energy systems, promoting electric vehicles uptake and incentivising industrial decarbonisation through the Safeguard Mechanism. Our ambition to become a renewable energy superpower will not only help Australia prosper in the future global net zero economy, it will support other countries as they power their own transitions.

Learn more about our action on climate change

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First Nations artwork 'Resilience' by Kayannie Denigan. Inspired by rivers and circular representation of Australia in circular forms.

The Pavilion artwork

Resilience by Luritja artist Kayannie Denigan is the feature work of the Australian Pavilion at COP28.

‘This artwork has 2 key inspirations. I was firstly inspired by rivers as a lifeblood of this country but also the visual representation of the long and winding journey to tackle climate change. The second inspiration was Gur. Ngurra. Wir., the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s Indigenous Artwork. I was inspired by the circular representation of Australia and sought to reflect this in my artwork with people and places at the centre of the design. Using this circular expression, I have then incorporated key elements that I feature in my My Country designs. These are people and places, bush flowers, plants (including seaweed), rock formations, fish and waterways.’ - Kayannie Denigan.

Featured artist

Kayannie Denigan is an early career Australian Aboriginal artist. She is Luritja by birth, connected to Iltjitjari and Unturu in Central Australia through her grandmother and great-grandmother. Kayannie is also connected to the Bagarrmuguwarra, Guugu Yimithirr and Kuku Yalanji people of Cape York through her Nganjan (adopted father). Kayannie’s work is inspired by a painting style passed down from her grandmothers – the iconic dots and symbols of Central Desert art. She combines that with the colours and stories from the lands and culture of her childhood home in Cape York.

Photograph of artist Kayannie Denigan.

Connect with us

Email us for enquiries relating to the Australian Pavilion at UNFCCC_COP@dcceew.gov.au
Media enquiries contact mediateam@dcceew.gov.au

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Our partners

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