Climate Leadership Conference to tackle way forward after COP23

Australia's inaugural Climate Leadership Conference will be held in Sydney next March to consider the way forward in meeting our commitments to limiting greenhouse emissions under the Paris Agreement.

The UN climate change conference (COP23) in Bonn next month will consider immediate actions that can be taken towards the Paris Agreement's goal of keeping the average global temperature rise below 2C degrees and as close to 1.5C as possible. It will also encourage nations to make more ambitious commitments in their Nationally Determined Contributions.

Australia's commitment to the Paris Agreement, signed by the former Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott, undertakes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

While this is by no means the world's most ambitious target, it will require concerted action at many levels of government, business and society.

This is the focus of the 2018 Climate Leadership Conference.

The Climate Leadership Conference will be the first opportunity for leading climate and sustainability professionals to come together, to consider the outcomes of COP23, and to develop consistent strategies and new approaches to this vital national undertaking.

Australia has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable countries to climate change impacts: Increased drought in our already struggling pastoral and food producing regions; susceptibility of our coastal communities to sea level rise; threats of bushfires and extreme weather events; pressure on water supplies; collapse of the Great Barrier Reef and other fragile ecosystems.

Our response needs to be comprehensive, coordinated and vertically integrated – from the highest levels of government and business to local communities and individual households. The task is urgent, and a clear vision of how to achieve it is essential.

The Climate Leadership Conference will bring together climate change and sustainability professionals from around Australia to discuss the latest developments, opportunities and best practice case studies in climate mitigation and adaptation.

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