New Zealand is committed to playing its part at home and abroad to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He waka eke noa - ‘we are all in this together’ – is a Māori proverb and the title to our first VNR reflecting the government’s policy of ‘leaving no one behind’.
New Zealand’s first Voluntary National Review (VNR) covers all 17 SDGs with a focus on how we deliver outcomes most relevant to New Zealand. The VNR outlines New Zealand’s approach to the SDGs and reflects our commitment to productive, sustainable and inclusive economic development. The report highlights challenges as well as successes, and identifies areas where further work is needed.
The VNR reflects the New Zealand context. The special status of Māori as the tangata whenua, indigenous people of New Zealand, is of profound importance and fundamental to our national identity. The VNR incorporates the concept of kaitiakitanga, or guardianship, of our natural environment.
New thinking is required to achieve the vision encapsulated in the SDGs. Rather than measuring progress in purely economic terms. New Zealand is developing a broader set of measures - theLiving Standards Framework (LSF) - that puts sustainable intergenerational wellbeing at the centre of policy-making and the management of our resources. The LSF is an innovative framework for measuring and analysing the dynamics of wellbeing, as well as risk and resilience across a broad range of economic, social and environmental domains.
In parallel, Statistics New Zealand has developed a new set of metrics - Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand (IANZ). Like the LSF, IANZ goes beyond traditional economic measures such as income and GDP, and includes wellbeing and sustainable development. IANZ will support the LSF, as well as monitoring and reporting against the SDGs.
Notwithstanding New Zealand’s overall high standard of living, a proportion of New Zealand households experience poverty or material hardship. We acknowledge that certain groups are over-represented, and we are working to grow and share New Zealand’s prosperity more fairly.
Reducing child poverty is a particular focus. New laws introduced in 2018 create an on-going focus on child poverty reduction and provide for political accountability for achieving published targets. The government’s ten-year targets aim to reduce child poverty by more than half on both low-income and material hardship measures by 2028. The government has put in place a range of measures, including the 2017 Families Package, which has boosted the incomes of low income families. A wide range of initiatives are underway to improve child and youth wellbeing.
New Zealand supports the SDGs alongside our international partners. In 2018 New Zealand increased its Official Development Assistance (ODA) in response to the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development finance needs of developing countries. The additional NZ$714 million allocated over four years represents a 30 percent increase in our ODA, lifting it to a projected 0.28 percent of GNI.
New Zealand’s ODA targets countries most in need, in particular small island developing states and Least Developed Countries, with sustainable development a core priority. Sixty percent of New Zealand’s ODA goes to the Pacific region with a strong focus on improving prosperity and economic resilience. Sustainable development also informs our approach to trade, the environment and security.
The SDGs are interrelated and cannot be achieved by governments alone. It requires a holistic approach and the participation of all sectors of society. The VNR highlights some of the important work being undertaken across New Zealand and overseas by New Zealand individuals, businesses and community groups to achieve the SDGs.
We recognise the contributions made to the VNR by multiple stakeholders, including from non-government sectors. Consultation with NGOs was undertaken by a range of relevant government agencies. Comment on the VNR was sought from a stakeholder reference group. Wider public feedback was sought through an online process.
The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need for aggressive global action on carbon dioxide, contribute significantly to the goal of limiting warming to less than two degrees. Reducing SLCPs can also advance national priorities such as protecting air quality and public health, promoting food security, enhancing energy efficiency, and allevi...[more]
A review project that will produce a Technical overview of current understanding in New Zealand and a Non-technical Summary Report for stakeholders to summarise the issues and identify any risk mitigation approaches or potential opportunities that would be useful for the seafood industry. Provides technical support and knowledge transfer to NZ fishing industry.
AFPPD in partnership with IPPF and Pacific Parliaments has trialled a post election module in Building Capacity of Pacific Island Parliamentarians to Advocate for ICPD and SRHR in Tonga and Cook Islands Parliaments. We also provide opportunities to build advocacy and knowledge skills of parliamentarians, including processes to enable them to work with CSOs. This partnership is effective in enhancing social protection and inclusion, improving well being, and guaranteeing opportunities for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, by focusing parliamentarians on their roles within their national pa...[more]
A gaps analysis will be undertaken of the spatial protection of estuarine system typologies in New Zealand. Protection is conferred from a range of marine and terrestrial tools such as Wildlife Reserves and Scientific Reserves. There are over 100 of these reserves in NZ. The Department of Conservation is the main manager of these areas and will work with Regional Councils.
The Pacific is home to one third of the 52 Small Island Developing States in the world. With the exception of PNG, the rest of the Pacific SIDS are constrained by small administrations and limited economies of scale. Despite universal support for the MDGs, MSI and the high per capita ODA in the Pacific, the region is off track in achieving most of the MDGs by 2015 . Recognising this, the Pacific Isalands Forum Leaders in 2009 agreed to the (Cairns) Forum Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination. The Compact comprises various initiatives including: i) annual Millennium Development G...[more]
The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and o...[more]
By 2022 all commercial fisheries in New Zealand posing high risk to seabirds though by-catch will be implementing best practice seabird mitigation. Priority fisheries will be identified using a risk-based approach, mitigation options will be developed and/or modified to best suit local fleets and liaison officers will visit all vessels to ensure each vessel has in place a plan to implement this mitigation.
The partnership between Kiribati, New Zealand and South Pacific Marine Services (SPMS) has seen the Kiribati Marine Training Centre (MTC) become a world class marine training institution. It makes a significant contribution to economic and social development in Kiribati and the broader region. The MTC was established in 1967. It provides training for ratings (trainees) to work in deck and engineering positions on international ships. It has the distinction of being the only institution in the Pacific to achieve White List status under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, thus facilitating futu...[more]
IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]
The Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership is a first-of-its-kind, multi-stakeholder partnership of Governments, Private Sectors, NGOs and CSOs.LEAP guiding principles include: global, inclusive, consensus, transparency, scientific, comprehensive, continuous improvement and adoption. Objective: To build global consensus on science-based methodology, indicators and databases for understanding the environmental performance of livestock supply chains in order to shape evidence-based policy measures and business strategies. Vision: To support the transition towards m...[more]
Living Water is a partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation who are working together to improve biodiversity and water quality across New Zealand. This is a 10 year $US6.8 million partnership programme focused on improving biodiversity and water quality at five significant catchments where intensive dairying exists.
To establish a marine park that will provide a framework to promote sustainable development by balancing economic growth interests such as tourism, fishing and deep-sea mining, with conserving core biodiversity and natural assets, in the ocean, reefs and islands
Ecological Integrity: Air New Zealand has invested in DOCs flagship Ecological Integrity programme, enabling an expanded marine reserve research and monitoring programme to help DOC scientists better understand the diversity of our marine environment. The goal of the Ecological Integrity programme is to develop a monitoring and reporting framework as a science tool to enable comprehensive and integrated monitoring of marine ecosystem health and marine protected areas. Sentinel Sites: The Sentinel Site programme builds on the work completed under the Ecological Integrity programme. This pro...[more]
The National Plan of Action-Seabirds 2013 will be reviewed in 2017 and a revised plan will be announced in 2018. The NPOA-Seabirds sets out a strategic framework to reduce seabird by-catch to sustainable levels. The long term objective of the current NPOA-Seabirds is: New Zealand seabirds thrive without pressure from fishing related mortalities, New Zealand fishers avoid or mitigate against seabird captures and New Zealand fisheries are globally recognised as seabird friendly. A number of regulatory and non-regulatory best practice mitigation measures currently apply in New Zealand trawl, pe...[more]
The National Plan of Action for Sharks (The NPOA-Sharks 2013) will be reviewed in 2017/18, with a revised plan to be announced in 2018/2019. The NPOA-Sharks 2013 sets out goals and five-year objectives for the conservation and management of New Zealands shark populations. The purpose of the NPOA-Sharks 2013 is: to maintain the biodiversity and the long-term viability of all New Zealand shark populations by recognising their role in marine ecosystems, ensuring that any utilisation of sharks is sustainable, and that New Zealand receives positive recognition internationally for its efforts in...[more]
Key elements of this Future of Fisheries work programme include: The Strategic Review of Fisheries Management System this project focuses on 3 priorities for our fisheries policy programme over the next 2 years: maximising value from our fisheries better fisheries information agile and responsive decision making. The Future of Fisheries work programme also includes two regulatory changes: Integrated Electronic Monitoring and Reporting System (IEMRS) - this would involve electronic reporting of catch and fishing effort by commercial fishers, monitoring and verification using automate...[more]
The New Zealand government has a strong focus on science and innovation investments. A portion of this investment will, either directly or indirectly, support the SDG14 goals, for example through support of scientific research, databases and collections and infrastructure provision. Some of the governments more significant investments in marine science include: The Marine Environment Platform. This is a $115m (NZD) seven year research programme run by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research which aims to provide a deep understanding of coastal and oceanic environments, f...[more]
Research programme for ecosystem based fisheries management in the Ross Sea toothfish fisheries, including advice to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. This research programme provides inputs into the New Zealand/United States proposal to establish a large-scale marine protected area in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, which was agreed by consensus by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in October 2016. The Agreement will enter into force on 1 December 2017.
Research programme addressing interactions between the seafood sector and the environment, particularly regarding: protected species interactions, seafloor effects, non-target catch and ecosystem effects.
Research to assess fish stock status and levels of sustainable catch.
Continuation of support for the implementation of the "New Zealand Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification" as per the grant funding arrangement with the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme through to mid-2019. The New Zealand Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification aims to build resilience through practical adaptation actions, capacity building and awareness raising in the Pacific region, over four years to 2019 (NZ$2.1m).
The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is a Pacific-wide programme helping to provide sustainable financial services to low income households. By 2019 PFIP aims to have: - One million low-income people in the Pacific, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to appropriate/affordable financial services; (600,000 achieved by 2014)- Additional 150,000 previously unbanked people, with at least 50 per cent women, gain access to a formal savings account;- Four additional Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) have national financial inclusion strategies that reflect gender differences and w...[more]
Counties Manukau District Health Board has an Institutional Linkage Programme with Samoa National Health Services which supports the development of improved and sustainable health services. This programme focuses on strengthening the governance and management of clinical and whole of systems health service delivery. It includes health workforce development, visiting medical specialists and an overseas treatment scheme. There is an on-going commitment to develop this programme in conjunction with the National Health Plans for Samoa. Counties Manukau Health (CM Health) is one of 20 District Heal...[more]
Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. The 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7) was held in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, on 22 and 23 May, 2015. At this summit, under the slogan of "We are Islanders - Commitment to the Pacific from Iwaki,
The partnership will facilitate improved knowledge sharing and advocacy between drought-affected Pacific SIDS, relevant development partners, regional and international organisations. It will facilitate the practical sharing of information on water security and drought resilience/preparedness activities undertaken in drought-affected countries, and enable an effective voice of drought-affected atoll nations in international and regional forums.The partnership will support Pacific governments and communities to build the skills, systems and basic infrastructure to better anticipate, respond t...[more]
PRIF is a multi-agency coordination mechanism aimed at improving the delivery of development assistance from donors and development partners to the infrastructure sector in the Pacific region. PRIF supports infrastructure development and maintenance in twelve Pacific Island Countries (PICs) through investment coordination, research and technical assistance.PRIF provides a framework for better engagement of countries and development partners to ensure more effective use of available funding and deliver better infrastructure services. Through deeper coordination, PRIF is able to help countries m...[more]
Safe and reliable passage through Pacific waters is essential to protect fragile ocean environments and allow Pacific island countries' economies to develop. Up-to-date navigation charts based on modern, accurate surveys are critical transport infrastructure the ocean equivalent of well-constructed roads. Hydrography is highly specialised. Few Pacific countries have the technical capability or systems needed to undertake hydrographic surveys or update their own navigational charts.This new regional programme aims to ensure Pacific navigation charts meet international standards and support mari...[more]
The objective was to reduce loss of life, injuries and economic losses cause by tsunami in Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau through an end-to-end tsunami risk management programme.
The PIEMA has been established in 2013 to strengthen preparedness and response capacity in the Pacific by improving interoperability between key emergency service providers. Improving countries' preparedness and response capacity helps diminish the impact of disasters, in terms of damage, destruction, loss of property, physical injuries and deaths. More effective disaster management supports a quicker recovery process, and diminishes the impact on sustainable development.
The Please Do Touch installations unpack possible scenarios whereby 5 Sustainable Development Goals would not be pursued. The purpose of inviting the audience to interact with the art by touching and listening to it is to engage with the topic on as many levels as possible.
New Zealand seeks an ambitious and effective prohibition on fisheries subsidies from the 11th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference in December 2017. To this end New Zealand has submitted a Proposal on disciplining fisheries subsidies, for Ministerial consideration. The proposal seeks an outcome that implements all elements of Sustainable Development Goal Target 14.6. Existing fisheries instruments, institutions and processes are also drawn on and supported in the drafting and implementation of the proposed disciplines. The fundamental need and obligation for States to cooperate...[more]
Since the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands in 2003, core government functions have been restored and stabilised, institutions have been rebuilt and steady growth has occurred. While good progress has been made, there continues to be a need for ongoing support to develop core systems, processes and capability within the Solomon Islands Inland Revenue Department (SIIRD). Continuing this focus will enable SIIRD to deliver an effective and efficient tax administration system and respond to future tax policy reforms.
The Hector's and Māui dolphin Threat Management Plan will be reviewed in 2018. The plan identifies human-induced threats to the dolphins and strategies to mitigate those threats. The plan is reviewed approximately every 5 years. A Māui dolphin Research Advisory Group was been established in 2014 to develop and support research priorities to ensure the Government has the most credible and robust research information at hand to make informed decisions on the Māui dolphins recovery. The Group also communicates information, and aids community and stakeholder involvement and ...[more]
At the Pacific Energy Summit held in Auckland in March 2013, the Government of Samoa (GoS) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NZ MFAT) decided to work in partnership to increase the generation of energy in Samoa from renewable sources.The goal is to have an efficient, reliable, safe, affordable and sustainable electricity supply for Samoa. The desired outcomes are:- Reduction in cost of electricity (to households, businesses, government and the Samoa Electric Power Corporation (EPC))- Increased least-cost energy generated through renewable energy - Reduced reliance on imported fo...[more]
The main goal is to contribute to the improvement of the health and nutrition status of women and children in the Pacific in order to support the attainment of the national, regional and global targets. The programme will continue to contribute to accelerated reduction of neonatal, infant and under-five child mortality; improved maternal health with equity; It will address major killers of children (neonatal conditions, pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition) and risks to maternal health through identification of supply bottlenecks and advocacy and support for their removal.
New Zealand supports the strategies developed by Pacific Island countries aimed at achieving economic and sustainability objectives, particularly those that will improve fisheries management and reduce IUU fishing. Improved controls on fishing vessels entering ports are a key component of reducing IUU fishing, and the FAO PSMA provides an international tool to implement Port State Measures. Members of the FFA agree that a Pacific-wide approach to improving Port State controls are required. New Zealand are supporting Pacific Island Countries to develop and implement a regional framework for ...[more]
The Pacific Islands region has set ambitious goals and strategies for the sustainable economic development of their fisheries resources. They want to improve the sustainability and increase the value received (revenues, employment, food security) from their resources. New Zealand supports the strategies aimed at achieving these objectives, particularly those that will improve fisheries management and reduce IUU fishing. We are investing over US$36 million in activities that will strengthen oceanic and coastal fisheries governance, improve monitoring and traceability, reform policies and law...[more]
To provide recommendations to Ministers on a network of marine protected areas along the south east coast of NZ consistent with the NZ Biodiversity Strategy and the Marine Protected Areas Policy and Implementation plan. The Government appointed Forum has been established to represent a wide range of stakeholders. The Forum has considered scientific and community input and existing users in the preparation of a draft proposal to protect varying habitats and ecosystems in the region, for public consultation. The Forum will consider all public submissions and any further information, before pr...[more]
The New Zealand Sea Lion/Rapoka Threat Management Plan provides a framework to achieve a stated objective of 'promote the recovery and ensure the long-term viability of New Zealand sea lions'. The TMP includes a number of research projects and the formation of a Forum and Advisory Group to maximise engagement with Treaty Partners and stakeholders on sea lion conservation and management.
The regulatory framework for decommissioning offshore oil and gas installations and pipelines will be improved through changes to legislation and regulations. These changes will help to ensure that the entire life cycle of New Zealand's offshore oil and gas operations are managed appropriately to ensure sustainable use of the marine environment; and that relevant obligations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea are met. The means of implementation is strengthening legislation and developing new regulations.
The proposed legislation would introduce new decision making and establishment processes for designating marine protected areas in New Zealands coastal marine area. The proposed marine protected areas legislative reform aims to move New Zealand beyond marine protection focussed on creating marine reserves for scientific purposes and establish a flexible approach that enables protection, sustainable use and recreation in marine areas. The reform aims to meet the following objectives: - Decisions about environmental protection and economic growth are made in a planned and integrated way, base...[more]
The objective of this work is to inform a policy process on the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing microbeads. A discussion document has been released and public submissions received.
The Cook Islands Government, New Zealand and Australian Governments funded Waste Management and Sanitation Improvement (WMI) Programme has been the main programme for the Cook Islands in the sanitation sector since 2011. The three-year programme has funding of NZ$4.7 million from NZ/AusAid, and a commitment of additional related funding of NZ$585,000 from the Government of the Cook Islands. Running from 1 March 2011 until 30 June 2014, the programme has a number of outputs and outcomes aimed at establishing a platform for and initiating key work streams for delivery of ongoing improvements in ...[more]