Biden’s Leaders’ Summit on Climate: What next for Australia & our region?

Press play button to watch A photograph of Joe Biden delivering a speech from a lectern with the US Presidential Seal on it, and a sign behind reading Climate Leaders Summit.

Australia has been facing growing pressure to increase its climate ambition from governments internationally, as well as Australian states, territories, businesses and the community.

All Australian states and territories, and 127 countries, including all of Australia’s major trading partners, have set net zero emissions goals. However, Australia still does not have a national commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050 nor an economy wide plan for how to get there.

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), US President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate on 22-23 April. The Summit will highlight the urgency and economic benefits of stronger climate action in line with the Paris Agreement target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Join us to hear climate, international relations and Pacific discuss the implications for Australia and our neighbours in the Pacific.


Speakers (in order of presentation) -

- Assoc. Prof Christian Downie, School of Regulation and Global Governance, The Australian National University

- Assoc. Prof Katerina Teiwa, Associate Professor, School of Culture, History & Language, The Australian National University; Vice-President, Australian Association for Pacific Studies

- More speakers TBC

Moderator - Prof Mark Howden, Director, Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions, The Australian National University


This event will be run as a hybrid, with limited in-person tickets available, and free livestreaming via YouTube for online attendees. Both attendance options require registration - please ensure you are registering for the correct attendance option (online or in-person) when booking your ticket. 

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