New Zealand’s international climate change policy

This page outlines New Zealand’s role in international climate change policy and lists government agencies responsible for policy development. It contains links to New Zealand’s recent submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

About New Zealand's international climate change policy

New Zealand participates in international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. Parties to the UNFCCC are working towards concluding a comprehensive new international agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.  These negotiations are scheduled to conclude in December 2015.  Further detail on New Zealand’s objectives for this agreement can be found in our submissions to the UNFCCC below.    

Role of the Minister for Climate Change Issues

Hon Paula Bennett is the Minister for Climate Change Issues and has direct responsibility for the overall climate change policy direction at the domestic and international level. This includes representing New Zealand in international negotiations on climate change.

Policy development

New Zealand’s international climate change policy is developed collaboratively by the:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The Treasury
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

New Zealand’s recent submissions to the UNFCCC

New Zealand routinely submits to the UNFCCC Secretariat its views on substantive and technical aspects of the climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC. 
See Submissions from parties [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website]

Below are links to New Zealand’s recent submissions and presentations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change website.

August 2013

July 2013

May 2013

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

October 2012

July 2012

August 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

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Reviewed:
29/02/16