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Alok Sharma, President of COP26, will visit Australia to meet the country’s new government and give new momentum to climate action ahead of COP27.

  • COP26 President Alok Sharma will meet Australian cabinet members in Canberra as the new parliament meets for the first time.

  • He will visit the New South Wales Rural Fire Service State Operations Center to hear first-hand from first responders about the impact of severe weather in the region.

  • While in Canberra, Mr Sharma will also meet with Indigenous community representatives to understand their approach to nature-based solutions, as well as with states, businesses and civil society to support stronger climate action.

COP President Alok Sharma will travel to Sydney and Canberra from 24-26 July 2022 to meet ministers during the first week of the new Australian government as he continues to press for the implementation of the Glasgow Climate Agreement.

Mr Sharma will discuss Australia’s potential as an international climate leader in a range of areas, including climate finance and zero-emission vehicles. He will also engage with Australian states and hold discussions with banks, businesses and civil society groups to support stronger climate action.

In recent months, more frequent and severe natural disasters have shown the effects of climate change in Australia, including severe flooding in New South Wales. Mr Sharma will speak to first responders to these disasters at the New South Wales Rural Fire Service State Operations Center

On Monday, the COP26 president will be in Canberra, where he will visit a local nature reserve. He will hear first-hand from Ngunnawali Indigenous leaders who will explain the impacts of climate change in Australia as well as traditional land management practices.

COP26 recognized the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in the Glasgow Climate Pact. As custodians of 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity, indigenous peoples are leading the way in developing nature-based, resilient and effective solutions to climate change through their knowledge and innovation, technology and spiritual values.

COP26 President Alok Sharma said.

Australia is turning a new page in its climate commitments, and I look forward to working with the new Australian Government to lead the way towards greater commitment and leadership in key areas such as climate finance, deforestation and support for the least developed countries of the Indo-Pacific.

The Powering Australia Plan is the innovative flagship of the new government’s clean energy and industrial decarbonisation policies and paves the way for the country to become net zero by 2050 and increase clean energy capacity.

During my time in Australia, I will be meeting Indigenous representatives, business leaders, government ministers and others, providing a great opportunity to discuss ways we can work together for effective climate action.

British High Commissioner in Australia Vicky Tredell said.

We are delighted to welcome Alok Sharma to Australia, where he will hear first-hand how the region is being affected by the climate emergency.

We know that the Glasgow Climate Agreement was a historic collective achievement to keep temperatures below 1.5C. Now is the time to make those commitments. This COP President’s visit to Australia and Fiji shows how important the Indo-Pacific is to combating climate change over the decade.

After the COP President’s visit to Australia, he will travel to Fiji, a climate leader in the Pacific region. Like other Pacific countries, Fiji is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

The UK is focused on working with Fiji and Pacific countries to address COP27 in Egypt and keep adaptation, loss and damage and climate finance at the top of the agenda at COP27 in Egypt.

Alok Sharma, President of COP26, will visit Australia to meet the country’s new government and give new momentum to climate action ahead of COP27.

SourceAlok Sharma, President of COP26, will visit Australia to meet the country’s new government and give new momentum to climate action ahead of COP27.

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