MFAT leads our international negotiations as we work with the rest of the world to reach a more effective response to climate change.
Joint statement on whaling and safety at sea 2016 [PDF, 92 KB]
Smart solutions to global environmental challenges
The world faces complex threats to the natural environment. These challenges, particularly to the atmosphere and oceans, require the creation and implementation of sensible international rules and frameworks to both protect the environment and support economic growth. New Zealand brings to the table unique interests and perspectives on how to approach these challenges.
MFAT works with other agencies to represent New Zealand at global forums where these issues are debated.
News & Events
New Zealand, along with Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden, supports Mexico in its efforts to implement reforms to fossil fuel subsidies.
Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett spoke at the Australia New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland on 11 October.
New Zealand has formally ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. Gerard van Bohemen, NZ’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, deposited the Instrument of Ratification in New York on 5 October (NZ time).
Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett signs the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change on behalf of New Zealand, at the United Nations.