New Zealand plays a part in a number of international organisations working in different ways to protect and improve the environment.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

New Zealand is a member of the UNEP, the leading global authority on the environment. UNEP meetings are an opportunity for global discussions on international environmental issues and to set the direction of the international environmental agenda.

UNEP provides information on the state of the global environment including the Global Environment Outlook (external link) and also plays an important role in international negotiations on Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs), often acting as the secretariat to a number of these. 

New Zealand was a founding member of UNEP, and now participates in its governing body, the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Read more about the United Nations Environment Programme (external link) 

The United Nations Division for Sustainable Development (DSD)

The DSD promotes and coordinates the UN’s sustainable development agenda. It supports initiatives such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in 2012, and the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held in Samoa in September 2014. New Zealand was an active participant in both conferences, and provided extensive logistical and other support for hosting the SIDS meeting in Samoa.

Read more about the UN Division for Sustainable Development (external link)

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

As a developed country, New Zealand contributes to the financing and governing of the Global Environment Facility. The GEF is an international body that funds activities that address global environmental issues in developing countries, including in the Pacific. Activities may involve addressing climate change, improving biological diversity, chemicals management, sustainable land management and managing international waters.

New Zealand's representation on the GEF Governing Council is as part of a regional group including Australia and South Korea.

Read more about the Global Environment Facility  (external link)

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

New Zealand participates in the OECD’s Environment Policy Committee and other working groups. The committee collects and analyses data and provides expertise and policy advice to help governments address environmental challenges. It also carries out performance reviews, the last one for New Zealand being in 2007.  

Read more about New Zealand’s environmental performance (external link) 

Read more about the OECD Environment Policy Committee (external link) 

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

IPBES is the leading international body for assessing the declining state of the planet's biodiversity and ecosystems, and how this affects people’s well-being. It was set up in 2012 and is open to all members of the UN. New Zealand has been actively involved with IPBES since it was established in 2011. We attend conferences and regularly provide comment on scientific and implementation issues. The Department of Conservation is the lead agency working with IPBES on behalf of New Zealand. 

Find out more about IPBES (external link) 

Pacific organisations

New Zealand also works with or participates in the: 

Climate change organisations

New Zealand participates in many other environmental forums that relate specifically to climate change.

Read about our climate change work