MFAT leads our international negotiations as we work with the rest of the world to reach a more effective response to climate change.
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
The Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in 2015. Countries that signed up to the Agreement are now negotiating the guidelines for how to put it into practice. We would like to hear your views on the outcomes New Zealand should prioritise in these negotiations.
Notice of draft Comprehensive Environmental Evaluations under the Antarctica (Environmental Protection) Act 1994
China and the United Kingdom have each published a draft Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation (CEE) for construction activity in Antarctica. We are seeking public comment.
Assessments have been released about power plant operations at United States' McMurdo Station, Antarctica, near New Zealand's Scott Base.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has today released a video calling for international action against the US$425 billion annual spend on fossil fuel subsidies.
Joint statement on whaling and safety at sea 2016 [PDF, 92 KB]