Ambassador for Climate Change reinstated: Kristin Tilley to act as new Ambassador

Australia will bid to co-host the 31st UNFCCC COP in 2026

BYYasir Rehman


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Federal Government as part of its election commitment has reinstated the role of Ambassador for Climate by appointing Ms Kristin Tilley as Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change as the Australian Government is prepared to officially bid to co-host the 31st UNFCCC COP in 2026.

Ms Tilley’s appointment delivers on an election commitment to reinstate the role of Ambassador for Climate Change.

“Her role demonstrates to the world Australia’s resolve to urgently step up the pace of action, and work alongside global partners, particularly in the Pacific, to tackle the climate crisis”, said a joint statement issued by foreign minister Wong, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy on Saturday.

Ms Tilley was most recently a First Assistant Secretary at the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, with over 10 years’ experience with international and domestic climate change policy and programs.

Ms Tilley will be part of Australia’s delegation to the 27th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Egypt, led by Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen.

Minister Bowen will demonstrate the Australian Government’s commitment to action on climate change, building on recent actions like legislating our emissions reduction targets of 43 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and net zero by 2050. This includes our 82 percent renewable energy target and supporting action on climate change for the Pacific region.

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Pat Conroy, will represent the Prime Minister at COP27 from 7-9 November and focus on engaging with Australia’s Pacific partners.

Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Jenny McAllister, will also attend.

The Australian Government will officially bid to co-host the 31st UNFCCC COP in 2026 in partnership with our Pacific neighbours.

“Australia is acting on climate change at home, and will now be part of the solution in the world”, Senator Penny Wong said.

Ms Tilley will lead Australia’s international climate engagement, working with partners to deliver opportunities for green economy jobs.

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