Co-ordinating international efforts in response to climate change is fundamental to enabling the world to plan and adapt for the future. Recognising and encouraging leadership from developing countries and inclusivity through gender-equality, will best demonstrate progress towards global goals.
Australia continues its delicate balancing act between Washington and Beijing.
While environmental damage caused by plastic waste in the marine environment continues to draw public attention, governments, businesses and the broader community must also consider the effects of waste produced from single-use plastics on land.
The continued increase in the quantity of marine plastic waste and micro-plastics is the focus of growing international concern. The UN is continuing to encourage and facilitate action towards understanding and dealing with the causes of the problem and its impacts on the marine environment.
The next International Law Association Congress, to be held in Sydney in August, signals an opportunity for Australia to assume a key leadership role in deliberating and defining developments in space law.
Rather than clearing more land for agricultural purposes, soils polluted and degraded by industrial use, must be remediated and brought back to health to feed the growing global population.
Globally, illegal fishing activities are decimating fish stocks and other marine life. Simultaneously, they are creating marine waste and causing long-term environmental damage.
Marine debris, ranging from plastic shopping bags and bottles to commercial fishing equipment, constitutes a significant environmental threat to Australia. New legislation, supported by technology is needed to reduce the risk.
Western Australia’s extensive northern rangelands have the potential to significantly contribute to economic and environmental sustainability, but changes to policy and legislation governing pastoral rangelands are needed.
With the maritime boundary dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste now resolved, Indonesia may use that settlement as the catalyst to dispute its current boundary with Australia in pursuit of a similar arrangement.