What reports has he received on the outcomes of the Montreal negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and under the Kyoto Protocol?
The Montreal negotiations achieved three significant advances. First, there was unanimous agreement that human-induced climate change is accelerating and is a very serious problem. Second, all United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change signatories, including the USA, agreed unanimously to work together on further climate change responses. Third, progress was made on implementing the Kyoto Protocol, which is at present the most important and effective instrument to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.
What risks to New Zealand’s interests were avoided in relation to Kyoto Protocol carbon credits for exotic forests?