23. October 2021

An Australian no-show at COP26 would stand out


The absence of Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the upcoming COP26 local weather talks would be important, although Australian leaders don’t attend every of the annual summits.

“We haven’t made any final decisions about [attending COP26]. I mean it is another trip overseas and I’ve been on several this year and spent a lot of time in quarantine,” Morrison informed The West Australian newspaper.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the garden of 10 Downing Street in June.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson within the backyard of 10 Downing Street in June.Credit:AP

“I have to focus on things here and with COVID. Australia will be opening up around that time, there will be a lot of issues to manage and I have to manage those competing demands.”

Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor has confirmed he’ll attend, however not Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

“It’s not a no-show at the conference. Australia will be strongly represented at the conference, no matter by which senior Australian representative,” she informed ABC Radio.

“One thing we are absolutely committed to is setting out our long-term emissions reduction plan prior to the COP and that is what we are focused on as a government.”

This is true, however the significance of COP26 to the world, and to Australia’s key allies can’t be overstated.

The talks are seen because the final probability for the world to come back to an settlement on emission reductions that will put it on monitor to carry warming to 1.5 levels, after which scientists concern tipping factors could also be triggered that might result in the local weather spiralling out of management.

At current about 100 world leaders are anticipated to attend the talks, and the schedule has been structured particularly to make it simpler for leaders of main economies to take action.

COP26 co-hosts Italy have scheduled G20 talks to be held in Rome on October 30 and 31 particularly in order that leaders can fly on to Glasgow for the beginning of the convention.

In Glasgow, the British authorities is internet hosting leaders’ conferences on November 1 and a couple of to bookend the Rome talks.

Britain and the United States, Australia’s allies within the new AUKUS safety pact, have each made it clear that they take into account success at COP26 to be a high precedence.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his tackle to the United Nations General Assembly final week to induce world leaders to make it a hit.

“In just 40 days’ time, we need the world to come to Glasgow to make the commitments [to keep warming to 1.5 degrees],” he mentioned.

He has personally invited Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian chief Vladimir Putin to attend.


COP conferences – the acronym stands for Conference of Parties, referring to signatories of the UN’s local weather treaty – are held yearly and will not be usually attended by the vast majority of world leaders.

But leaders do usually attend these conferences at which key negotiations over nationwide emissions targets are to happen.

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd attended talks in Bali in 2007 to recommit Australia to the Kyoto Protocol and the Copenhagen summit in December 2009 the place a brand new stage of world ambition was agreed upon.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled to France in 2015 to commit Australia to a local weather treaty that turned the Paris Agreement and to lock in Australia’s aim of reductions of 26 to twenty-eight per cent of emissions.

At this 12 months’s assembly, nations are anticipated to replace these contributions.

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