Consultation on approach to COP26

This public consultation closed on 30 August 2021.

Thank you for the feedback received. This direct input ensures a wide range of views are considered in relation to New Zealand’s international climate action.

Feedback from the public consultation process will be summarised for the Minister for Climate Change when determining New Zealand’s approach to the 2021 international climate change negotiations.


In November this year the United Kingdom will host the 26th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow. This was scheduled for November 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

COP26 is a pivotal moment as the Paris Agreement passes the five year mark, completing its first ambition cycle. The UK’s plans for the COP are grounded by thematic ‘campaigns’ on energy, transport, nature-based solutions, finance, and adaptation and mitigation. The four goals set are: to secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, mobilise finance, and work together on delivery, including the delivery of a completed Paris Rulebook – see more on the UK COP26 website(external link).

New Zealand’s over-arching priorities for COP26 will be to:

  • conclude negotiations on outstanding items of the Paris Agreement, including rules for carbon markets that ensure environmental integrity and a transparency system that enables us to hold Parties to account and which supports ambition;
  • stand with the Pacific to amplify the voices and priorities of our region.

Background information

This separate document provides background on some of the issues of interest to New Zealanders in the past, together with New Zealand’s current positions based on our existing negotiations mandate, approved by Cabinet in August 2019. It includes some questions we invited response to in the consultation.

The information in our background document does not cover the full range of negotiating issues. Information about these, in the context of the mid-year UNFCCC subsidiary body negotiations, can be viewed on the United Nations Climate Change website(external link).

Read the backgrounder and 2019 negotiations mandate below.

This public consultation closed on 30 August 2021.

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