Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


NZ Concerned At US Signals On Kyoto Protocol

New Zealand shares the grave concern disappointment of many other nations at recent statements from the Bush Administration indicating that the United States is considering abandoning the Kyoto Protocol, Pete Hodgson said today.

Mr Hodgson, the convenor of the New Zealand Ministerial Group on Climate Change, said New Zealand was still working towards ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in mid-2002, in consultation with sector groups and the wider public. It would be premature at this stage to consider a revised approach.

"Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Phil Goff will be in Washington next week to meet senior members of the Bush Administration, many of whom are closely involved with United States policy on climate change," said Mr Hodgson. "He will be setting out New Zealand's concerns very clearly and urging the United States to stay fully involved with international attempts to develop an effective response to climate change."

Mr Hodgson said he had personally made New Zealand's position clear to the senior American delegate at a meeting of the climate change 'Umbrella Group' of nations in Wellington last week. The group, which includes both New Zealand and the United States, is an informal network of nine developed countries that works on various aspects of climate change negotiations.

"Climate change cannot be dealt with by ignoring it," Mr Hodgson said. "The world needs the United States to engage with the international effort to find an effective response. This is an issue of global importance, which is why there has been no support to date for the latest statements from the US, but strong expressions of concern.

"If US oil interests are currently in the ascendancy, many other sectors of the US economy will be damaged by any moves to abandon the Kyoto Protocol. The insurance industry, the agriculture and forestry industries and any industry involved with innovative energy solutions will be disadvantaged. It will be interesting to see whether countervailing pressure emerges from those sectors."

Mr Hodgson is due to represent New Zealand at a gathering of key climate change negotiating parties in New York in April. The meeting is a preliminary to the resumption in Bonn in July of the World Conference on Climate Change that ended without agreement at The Hague last October.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels