Smart solutions to global environmental challengesThe world faces complex threats to the natural environment.
MFAT leads our international negotiations as we work with the rest of the world to reach a more effective response to climate change.
Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
New Zealand works alongside other countries to conserve and protect the environment and ecosystems of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. MFAT administers permits for Antarctic activities.
Oceans and fisheries
MFAT plays an active role in negotiations to improve the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s oceans and fisheries – an issue of key importance to New Zealand.
Biodiversity and species conservation
MFAT represents New Zealand in global talks on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, including the preservation of threatened species and habitats.
Fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR)
MFAT leads New Zealand's effort for eliminating energy subsidies that encourage the consumption of green house gas-producing fossil fuels.
Sustainable development and governance
New Zealand engages constructively in the key international organisations that work to protect and improve the environment.
Chemical hazards and ozone protection
New Zealand is actively engaged in a range of international agreements that govern the use and disposal of harmful chemicals and waste products.
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.