Priorities and objectives for COP26

In October 2021, the Minister for Climate Change confirmed New Zealand’s priorities and objectives for the 26th Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, 1–12 November 2021.

Our formal objectives at COP26

  1. Demonstrating New Zealand’s full commitment to the Paris Agreement, including:
    • arriving with an updated Nationally Determined Contribution, and long-term low-emissions development strategy
    • demonstrating how these align to our low emissions transition and the 1.5 degree limit
    • sharing our experience with climate-related financial risk disclosure.
  2. Negotiation of UNFCCC rulebook and processes, including:
    • securing Article 6 settings for carbon markets to ensure environmental integrity
    • securing a common and transparent reporting system
    • creating opportunities for increased support for Pacific countries at risk of loss and damage
    • supporting Pacific countries to secure sustained attention on climate-related ­ocean issues
    • an unwavering focus on agriculture, including the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture
  3. Demonstrate the role of trade policy in supporting climate action:
    • advocating for mutual trade arrangements as part of effective response to the climate crisis
    • advocating for fossil fuel subsidy reform
    • sharing experience of the Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability (ACCTS)
  4. Ensuring the COP26 Pacific Space successfully supports Pacific delegations:
    • providing a hub for coordination and collaboration
    • holding a series of events to raise the profile of issues important to the Pacific
  5. Supporting collective efforts to achieve the goal of USD 100 billion climate finance:
    • communicating an updated New Zealand’s climate finance pledge
    • advocating for a donor plan that is both adequate and certain, to provide developing countries with a predictable basis for planning ambitious climate action
    • negotiating for greater transparency of climate finance reporting
    • contributing to discussion of the next climate finance goal, and ‘fair share’ approaches.

Stakeholder briefings October 2021

A stakeholder briefing by the Climate Change Ambassador, Kay Harrison, was held as a webinar on 8 October.

On the same day, Kay Harrison also hosted kōrero with Māori stakeholders about issues needing representation at COP26. If you are interested in more information, please email


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