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), its Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is the new global agreement on climate change. It was adopted by Parties under the UNFCCC on 12 December 2015 and commits all countries to take action on climate change. This agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016.
For more information on the Paris Agreement see the Paris Agreement web page.
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.
- Hon Paula Bennett [Beehive website]
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.
- Clarification of quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets of developed country parties [PDF, 987 KB]
- New Zealand submission to the subsidiary body for scientific and technological advice [PDF, 342 KB]
Work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports, national communications, including national inventory reviews, for developed country parties
- Framework for various approaches [PDF, 140 KB]
- New market-based mechanism [PDF, 132 KB]
- Revision of the UNFCCC reporting guidelines on annual inventories for parties included in annex I to the convention (SBSTA) [PDF, 102 KB]
- Land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Kyoto Protocol and under the clean development mechanism (SBSTA) [PDF, 417 KB]
- Work programme on clarification of quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets of developed country parties (SBSTA) [PDF, 88 KB]
- Guidance relating to the clean development mechanism [PDF, 260 KB]
- General guidelines for domestic measurement, reporting, and verification of domestically-supported nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing country parties [PDF, 110 KB]
- Joint submission on the long-term finance work programme [PDF, 19.23 KB]
- New Zealand submission to the ad hoc working group on the Durban platform for enhanced action: work-stream 1 [PDF, 144.5 KB]
- New Zealand submission to the ad hoc working group on the Durban platform for enhanced action: work-stream 2 [PDF, 84 KB]
- New Zealand submission to the SBSTA further views on the implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 to 5/CMP.7 [PDF, 42 KB]
- Views from parties on the elements of the work programme [PDF, 131 KB]
- Views on the work plan and suggested workshops for the ad hoc working group on the Durban platform for enhanced action [PDF, 87 KB]
- Views on a framework for various approaches [PDF, 257 KB]
- The framework [PDF, 263 KB] - presentation on carbon markets – framework for different approaches.
- Workshop on clarification of pledges: New Zealand's 2020 emissions reduction target range pledge [PDF, 263 KB]
- Views on the revision of the joint implementation guidelines [PDF, 125 KB]
- Additional information relating to the quantified economy-wide emission reduction targets contained in document FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1 [PDF, 1.12 MB)
- Methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries [PDF, 266 KB]
- March 2012: Views on issues related to agriculture [PDF, 67 KB]
- March 2012: New Zealand's fast-start finance: 2012 progress report [PDF, 403 KB]
Find out more
- Shaping a global response to climate change [Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website]
- Background on the UNFCCC: The international response to climate change [UNFCCC website]
- Press headlines [UNFCCC website]
- Kyoto Protocol [UNFCCC website]
- Glossary of climate change acronyms [UNFCCC website]