Public consultation on climate change negotiations
On 14 March 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) published a call for submissions seeking views on what New Zealand’s priorities should be in the international climate change negotiations. The Ministry for the Environment has been asked to reach out to iwi / hapū / Māori using our contacts to let them know of this consultation process.
To provide some context, the Paris Agreement on climate change was agreed in 2015. Countries that signed up to the Agreement are now negotiating the guidelines for how to put it into practice. The guidelines are due to be agreed at an important meeting in December 2018 in Poland – the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). Although the COP24 is not until December, negotiations on the guidelines are already under way.
MFAT would like to hear your views on the outcomes New Zealand should seek in these negotiations to help reach an outcome on the Paris Agreement guidelines that will balance all countries’ needs and priorities. The submission period closes on 3 April. Further information on the consultation process can be found on MFAT’s website here. The reason for the timeframe is that the negotiating mandate will be considered by Cabinet in mid-April, before the first negotiating session of 2018 takes place in late April in Bonn, Germany.
Please note that you should make your submission to MFAT directly via their website here, and not to the Ministry for the Environment.