Trade, Environment and Climate Change Framework and the Trade and Labour Frameworks

New Zealand Cabinet has agreed to a refreshed Trade, Environment and Climate Change Framework and Trade and Labour Framework to guide the future of Aotearoa New Zealand’s trade negotiations.

The existing 2001 Trade and Environment and Trade and Labour Frameworks have been refreshed. This follows previous Trade for All Advisory Board recommendations, accepted by the Government.

The frameworks were informed by public consultation and include principles of ongoing engagement with Māori, civil society, unions and business in the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements. Each contain the principle of working with Māori as Tiriti o Waitangi partners.

The Trade, Environment and Climate Change Framework contains new principles reflecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s leadership internationally on trade and environment and climate change, specifically the elimination of environmentally harmful subsidies globally and the removal of trade obstacles in goods and services that support climate change mitigation and adaption.

The Trade and Labour Framework includes current and emerging issues relevant to the world of work, such as modern slavery in supply chains, vulnerable workers and migrant workers.

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