The Ministry for the Environment (MFE) is responsible for the implementation and whole of government coordination of New Zealand’s domestic climate change policies.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) works closely with MfE and is responsible for building international collaboration to inform our domestic transition, sharing New Zealand’s climate change story and ensuring New Zealand is complying with our international obligations.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC was postponed to 1 – 12 November 2021.
New Zealand attended the 25th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. COP25 was held in Madrid, Spain from 2 - 13 December 2019. The New Zealand delegation included officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry for the Environment, Ministry for Primary Industries, officials from Tokelau, iwi, private sector representatives, and civil society.
Together with Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), New Zealand co-hosted the Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion to showcase Pacific climate and ocean action. The Moana Blue Pacific Pavilion provided a place for discussion, debate and knowledge-sharing on ocean and climate change issues relevant to the Pacific. It hosted events and activities that amplified the Pacific’s call for ambitious global action, shared stories of national resilience planning, and highlighted the challenges and opportunities for climate change affected regions in the Pacific. The Polynesian word ‘moana’ – ocean – is widely used throughout the Pacific. It was chosen to emphasise Pacific ownership and pride in taking a piece of their heritage to the global stage.
New Zealand successfully advocated for outcomes that support the interests of the Pacific island countries, including by supporting the review of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage and fulfilling the declaration in the Kainaki II Declaration from the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum(external link) for leaders to support a dialogue on the oceans-climate change nexus within the UNFCCC process, while upholding existing international oceans frameworks.