New Zealand's climate action in our region

New Zealand is committed to supporting climate change action in developing countries.

The International Development Cooperation (IDC) Programme(external link) delivers New Zealand’s official support for developing countries, with a particular focus on the Pacific Islands region.

The IDC Programme’s climate response is guided by the Pacific and Development Climate Change Action Plan, a strategic framework for action that signals where our attention and effort should be directed over the four-year period 2019–2022.

You can see more about the wider context of our support for other countries' climate change responses, including our climate finance, under Climate change support.

Our climate commitments

In October 2021 New Zealand committed to spend NZ $1.3 billion in grant-based climate finance between 2022 and 2025. This underlines the importance New Zealand attaches to global and regional efforts to work together to combat climate change.

At least half of this climate finance commitment will support Pacific Island countries and at least 50 percent will target adaptation, a key priority for the Pacific.

Our new commitment builds on earlier climate finance, including the 2019–2022 commitment announced by Prime Minister Ardern at the United Nations General Assembly in 2018.

That commitment of NZ$300 million has been delivered through the International Development Cooperation (IDC) programme, half of that ($150 million) through a dedicated Climate Change Programme (operating until June 2023)

For illustrations of our climate change support in practice, see the Climate Change Programme case studies. 

Amplifying the Pacific voice

As a larger Pacific country, Aotearoa New Zealand also supports efforts to ensure Pacific voices from small island developing states are being heard in the world on climate change issues.

For more about how we influence global action, see Working with the world.


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