Mr Patrick Suckling was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for the Environment in
January 2016. He is responsible for promoting and protecting Australia’s national
interests on global environmental issues, including through leading Australia’s
negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Suckling was Australia’s High Commissioner
to India and Ambassador to Bhutan. He has served in Washington and been an
adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Between 2009 and 2011 Ambassador Suckling headed the international area of the
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising two Prime Ministers on foreign
policy, international trade and economic policy and development aid, as well as
international aspects of the environment. He has served as Australia’s Senior Official
for APEC and been First Assistant Secretary, Consular, Media and Parliamentary