COP 31
Base Camp

Unlocking climate transformation in Australia and the Pacific: Shaping the potential of COP 31

1 November, 2023 | ICC Sydney

The opportunity

The opportunity for Australia and the Pacific to host a potentially transformative COP 31 is one of great significance. This could accelerate progress for Australia towards net-zero emissions in line with limiting warming to 1.5 degrees and bring much needed climate technology, investment and infrastructure to our Pacific neighbours.

Base Camp Above Fold (1000 × 350 px)

COP 31 collaboration

We invite voices from across diverse sectors to craft a proposed vision for COP 31. One that accelerates global progress towards net-zero emissions and places the restoration of nature and the well-being and justice of all communities front and centre.

Who attends?

Leaders from across charities and local community; Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific communities; climate and environment; business and investment; policy and research are coming together with the objective of supporting a whole-of-society approach to COP 31.

Agenda at a glance

12:45pm Registration

1:15pm Acknowledgement of Country and introductions

1:30pm Bringing the First Nations voice into COP 

1:40pm What is a climate COP?

2:00pm Pacific perspectives

2:30pm Panel – Unlocking climate transformation in Australia and the Pacific

3:15pm Coffee break

3:45pm: Roundtable discussions to shape thinking on “Designing a Transformative COP 31”

  • Indigenous Inclusion

  • Community Led Resilience

  • Climate Finance & Investment

  • Industry

  • Nature Positive

  • Beyond Fossil Fuels

4:45pm Report back and audience discussion

5:50pm Summary and next steps 

6:00pm Close

Subject to change

Meet our speakers

Justin Mohamed

Ambassador for First Nations People
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australia

Frances Reupena

Chief Executive Officer
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa

Alfred Ralifo

Senior Policy and Government Affairs Manager

David Crosbie

Chief Executive Officer
Community Council of Australia

Falakiko (Frankie) Kiutau

Community Connections Coordinator, NSW & ACT
NSW Council for Pacific Communities

Howard Bamsey

Honorary Professor
Australian National University

Kushaal Raj

Technical Advisor COP 28 | Pacific Policy Director
Fiji Government | Conservation International

Linh Do

Director, Wattle Fellowship
University of Melbourne

Luke Brown

Head of Engagement and Partnerships
Climateworks Centre

Nishtha Aggarwal

Financed Emissions Analyst
Climate Energy Finance

Susan Moylan-Coombs

Founding Director
Gaimaragal Group

Tishiko King

First Nations Program Manager
Australian Communities Foundation

Meet our facilitators

Andrew Petersen

Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

Cathy Eatock

Indigenous Peoples Organisations

Claire O'Rourke

Australia Program Director
The Sunrise Project

Cindy West

Policy & Sector Support Advisor
Volunteering Australia

Corinne Fagueret

Coordinator Pacific Calling Partnership
Edmund Rice Centre

Dermot O'Gorman

Chief Executive Officer

Heidi Lee

Beyond Zero Emissions

Kelly O'Shanassy

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Conservation Foundation

Lisa Cliff

Program Director
Better Futures Australia

Purdie Bowden

Policy & Sustainable Finance Solutions Lead
Australian Sustainable Finance Institute

Rachel Lowry

Chief Conservation Officer

Rachel Sapery James

Blue Pacific Programs Manager

Rebecca Mikula-Wright

Investor Group on Climate Change

Richie Merzian

International Director
Smart Energy Council

Vinita Chanan

Director and Executive Lead, Strategic Alliances and Initiatives
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COP 31 Base Camp Report

This report captures the dialogue from the inaugural COP 31 Base Camp in Sydney. An inspiringly diverse group of more than 200 representatives from community groups, business, government, financial institutions, and academia came together to discuss the opportunity for an Australia Pacific COP 31 and the longer-term opportunities this could bring for climate, nature and all stakeholders.

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Acknowledgement of country

Impact X respects and acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise their rich cultures and connections to land, sea and community. Together, we commit to building a sustainable future together.

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