Many of the world's most serious environment problems - such as loss of biodiversity, climate change, deforestation, ozone depletion, desertification and marine pollution - are global in scope and effect.
International cooperation is an essential part of addressing the underlying causes of these problems and in developing and implementing effective solutions.
Australia continues to be an influential and constructive player on environmental issues and sustainable development, both globally and regionally.
Activities in global and regional fora
Engaging in bilateral and multilateral forums on environmental matters can help Australia benefit from international actions to manage global resources, the atmosphere, the oceans and Antarctica, and allows us to share our own expertise with other countries.
The department is responsible for ensuring that any decisions taken in these forums advance Australia’s domestic objectives while improving global environmental outcomes.