By Tanya Plibersek MP

19 December 2023

COP15: UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal reaches historic agreement

History has been made.

For the first time ever, we have a global agreement to protect 30 per cent of the world’s land and 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030.

This is a big step towards achieving a nature positive planet.

We secured high ambition on restoring degraded land, inland water, and coastal and marine ecosystems.

We agreed a good target on reducing invasive species, recognising island sites, including in the Pacific, as a priority.

We successfully advocated for placing the rights and interests of First Nations peoples at the forefront of nature conservation.

And large companies will be required to disclose their nature related risks and impacts.

Australia led the way in the negotiations, pushing for an ambitious agreement. We can be proud.

We didn’t get everything we wanted. Others didn’t either. But with a bit of cooperation, compromise and common sense, we have achieved a lot for the world.

Now it’s back home to Australia to get on with delivering our own ambitious plans to protect and repair nature.