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Turning towards climate action

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol began in 1995 which committed developed countries to a reduction in greenhouse gases, though only developed countries that ratified it had binding targets. New Zealand comfortably met its targets under the first commitment period.

In recent decades, New Zealand has continued its focus on addressing climate change since entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol in 2005. It introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme in 2008. In 2016, we joined the first tranche of countries to ratify the Paris Agreement. The Agreement commits all counties to take action on climate change by keeping the increase in global average temperatures to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

By ratifying the Paris Agreement we are committed to reduce our emissions by 30 percent below the 2005 levels by 2030, regularly report on our progress towards our target and provide financial support to assist developing countries mitigation and adaptation efforts.

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