Today is Monday – so where in the world will the Minister be?

If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.

Sometimes we learn where they have been and what they were doing after they return home.

The Point of Order monitor of Beehive overseas travel announcements in the past week shows this…


Conference gets underway in Poland to write rules on climate change action

The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, says New Zealand will put in every effort to ensure success for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which gets under way in Katowice, Poland, tonight.

The NZ delegation’s first priority will be to have an agreement reached on the Paris guidelines.

NZ is also co-hosting a series of events on sustainable agriculture and climate change, focused on how the agriculture sector can help achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement. And it will be working with other countries to galvanise greater collective action through initiatives such as the Carbon Neutrality Coalition, the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and the High Ambition Coalition.

NZ will continue to advocate for our Pacific region and friends; especially given the recent warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which states that action is critical over the next 10 to 12 years to limit global temperature rise to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels.


Pacific Peoples Minister to attend the Bali Democracy Forum

Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel today to represent New Zealand at the annual Bali Democracy Forum XI this week.

The forum was established in 2008 to promote progressive democratic governance in the Asia-Pacific region and has become a regional platform for sharing experience in building democratic institutions.  New Zealand has supported it since its inception.


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