New Zealand is working with the rest of the world to combat climate change. This page provides information on current activities and initiatives.
New Zealand negotiators, ministers and civil society delegates will take part in the 24th annual global climate summit in December to progress details of the Paris Agreement rulebook.
This year’s summit - the Conference of the Parties, or COP24 - will be held in Katowice, Poland from 3-14 December.
We will hold a briefing about New Zealand’s planned activities at COP24. Join us at:
11am-12.30pm, 22 November 2018
Lecture Theatre 1*, Rutherford House, Victoria University
Bunny Street, Wellington
*please note we've changed to a larger lecture theatre in the same location
Watch the livestream video (external link) of the briefing.
Stay up to date
Follow us on Twitter @ClimateEnvoyNZ (external link) and join the conversation #NZCOP24.
At COP24, New Zealand is jointly hosting a side event called Act!on Agriculture. This speaker series offers real-world lessons on how to increase agricultural productivity, reduce emissions, and build resilience to climate change impacts.
Keep up to date with the programme details of Act!on Agriculture as they develop and join the conversation #ActionAgriculture.
Talanoa is a traditional word used in Fiji and recognised across the Pacific to convey the idea of inclusive and open dialogue. The purpose of Talanoa is to share stories, ideas and skills – to build empathy and motivation to make wise decisions for the collective good.
In the context of the international climate negotiations, the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue aims to help countries boost their ambition in setting and updating their emissions reduction goals in 2020.
Fiji has framed the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue around three key questions on climate action:
- Where are we?
- Where do we want to go?
- How do we get there?
Have your say
The stories and themes that come out of the Talanoa Dialogue over 2018 will shape a Ministerial-level Talanoa at COP24 in December.
Submit your stories to the Talanoa Dialogue Portal (external link)
We encourage New Zealanders to make submissions to the Talanoa Dialogue through the portal. You can do so as individuals, groups or organisations. Full information on how to make a submission is on the portal. The Ministry is also interested in your submissions so please send us a copy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your views will inform our own engagement with the Talanoa Dialogue.
We are proud supporters of Subject to Change, a documentary on climate change in New Zealand and the Pacific made by final year Massey University film students in 2018.
Read the Cabinet paper approving the negotiating mandate [PDF, 2.2 MB].
Summary of feedback from consultation
From 14 March to 3 April 2018 MFAT consulted on New Zealand’s UNFCCC negotiating priorities for the year. We received 34 oral and written submissions.
Broadly, submitters want to see the following issues addressed:
- Ambition Cycle/Global Stocktake: Respondents want to ensure that the processes for countries to continually ratchet up their ambition under the Paris Agreement enshrine environmental integrity, and is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs): Most submitters saw NDCs as a priority, and want them supported by rigorous transparency guidelines. Some urged resisting separate reporting systems for developed and developing countries, with any differentiation limited to factors like economy size or percentage of global emissions. Submitters don’t want to see backsliding on NDCs, and want us to encourage countries to strive for economy-wide targets. Some seek international agreement on global standards for measuring sequestration by carbon capture and storage.
- Carbon Markets: Many want an international carbon price, and say emissions trading schemes should have clearly-defined industry coverage. Several respondents advocated for direct access to efficient carbon markets for consumers and business. Others felt afforestation should be incentivised through markets, but without diluting agreed land-use accounting rules.
- Transparency: Respondents generally put a high priority on transparency, including for carbon markets and offset arrangements. Submitters want the transparency framework to ensure NDCs and national inventories are rigorous and clearly reported (so they are accessible to third parties), and want all countries to provide progress reports that will be subject to independent expert review.
- Agriculture: Many emphasised the need to ensure agriculture is included in NDCs and/or the Paris Agreement negotiations. Some considered the vulnerability of individual countries should be as much of a consideration as their action to reduce emissions. Several respondents want outcomes that recognise the efforts of our agriculture sector to reduce emissions, including through international collaboration on research.
- Climate Finance: Some submitters argued that climate resilience and adaptation should be a focus of New Zealand’s climate finance, and there should be robust accounting standards for climate finance, in light of UNFCCC obligations. Several emphasised the Paris guidelines should ensure climate finance reaches the most vulnerable, and effectively addresses the loss and damage due to climate change.
- Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIPP), and Gender Action Plan: Submitters widely supported participation in the LCIPP, and enhanced indigenous perspectives in the negotiations. Several respondents linked this platform and the Gender Action Plan to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.
- New Zealand National Approaches to Negotiations: A number of submissions touched on tactical considerations in the negotiations, which officials will consider as New Zealand’s negotiating strategy is further developed and refined.