Supporting our region

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

The New Zealand Aid Programme delivers New Zealand’s official support for developing countries, with a particular focus on the Pacific Islands region.

The Aid 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.

Aotearoa New Zealand also has a range of obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, including contributing to the goal for mobilising climate finance of USD 100 billion per annum. At the United Nations General Assembly in 2018, Prime Minister Ardern announced that New Zealand would spend at least $300 million on climate change development assistance from 2019 to 2022. Two-thirds of this would be focused on the Pacific, and at least half of the allocation would be focused on adaptation activities. This commitment period aligns with the Action Plan timeframes.

A major focus for this funding is to help Pacific countries reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and to build climate resilience, as well as to meet their emissions targets.

This financial support is being delivered through:

  • bilateral development assistance
  • Pacific regional organisations with a core focus on climate change, and
  • multilateral organisations and programmes with a strategic focus on climate change – key funding mechanisms run by these organisations include the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund, and the Global Environment Facility.

The Climate Change Programme

The Climate Change Programme has been established as a dedicated mechanism to deliver multi-faceted climate change development assistance in the Pacific.

Our Pacific voice

Aotearoa New Zealand also supports efforts to ensure Pacific voices are being heard in the world on climate change issues.

For more about how we influence global action, see Building international collaboration.


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