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
We want to hear your views on New Zealand’s participation in negotiations on a new UN treaty on biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
We are seeking input on what New Zealand should be trying to achieve in the Convention on Biological Diversity to help save the world’s biodiversity
Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are important to New Zealand. We want to hear your views about how we express our interests there.
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.
Joint statement on whaling and safety at sea 2016 [PDF, 92 KB]