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New Zealand Green Party Calls on Israel to respect UN resolution

25 December, 2016
The Green Party has called on the Israeli Government to re-evaluate its negative response to the latest UN Security Council resolution on the Middle East and to respect its provisions, providing an opportunity for the peace process to bear fruit.


The dinosaur awakes – How quickly will it move; how clearly can it think?

11 November, 2016
By Kennedy Graham MP, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Humanity has woken, after a quarter-century of fitful slumber, to the fact of climate change. Dangerous climate change.


Ratifying Paris Agreement - NZ Greens Parliamentary Question

1 June, 2016
 Question on the Paris Climate Change Agreement 02.06.16: Transcript: Paris Climate Change Agreement—Presentation of Parliament9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Does the Government intend to present the Paris Climate Change Agreement to Parliament and ratify it before the end of 2016? Hon Dr NICK SMITH (Minister for the Environment) on behalf of the Minister... more


Women in politics - experiences from Green leaders

23 May, 2016
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The Global Greens Women's Network held its first webinar on 16 April. If you missed hearing it live, listen to the presentations now.Click here to listen, and the transcript is copied below.Our wonderful speakers from around the world are:Metiria Turei - Member of the New Zealand Parliament and co-leader of the Green PartyMaria Wetterstrand - Former spokesperson for 9 years in Sweden, former... more


Former Green MP Holly Walker on life in Parliament as a mother, and a woman

29 April, 2016
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When I was an MP, I used to tell people that I went into politics to use my voice. Yet at the end of three years in Parliament, I had lost my voice completely. Former New Zealand Green MP Holly Walker advocates for Members of Parliament to be able to combine parenting with politics.


GGWN Webinar Summary - 16 April 2016

15 April, 2016
The Global Greens Women’s Network (GGWN) held its first Webinar on 16 April 2016, commemorating as well the same day in which the Global Greens adopted its Charter in 2001.  The GGWN invited a panel of Green Party leaders from each regional Federation of the Global Greens to speak about their experiences overcoming challenges and seizing opportunities in Green politics, and was attended by 30... more


Taking Climate Action to the Next Level: Reflections by UN Climate Chief

19 January, 2016
As the ink dries on the Paris Agreement concluded in December, the significance of the event is now being weighed up. At one and the same time, it is an ‘historic moment of hope for humanity’; it goes ‘nowhere near far enough’; and it is even a ‘fraud’. Which is correct? For Christiana Figuerres, Executive Director of UNFCC, the Agreement, “establishes a new model of 21st century diplomacy”.... more


Case Study for an Effective Climate Contribution: 2nd post-Paris blog

9 January, 2016
Dr Kennedy Graham, MP (NZ) The 2015 Paris outcome is going to require higher standards of behaviour from all 196 Parties to the Framework Convention.   The Paris Agreement aims to ‘strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change’; Article 4 provides that “developed country Parties should continue taking the lead by undertaking economy-wide reduction targets”. In the accompanying... more


Historic Agreement ‘Brings Us Together’: Now for the Hard Part - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 6

13 December, 2015
The outcome is historic. The international community is, substantively for the first time, acting as a global community facing a global problem. All 196 parties are accepting a legally-binding obligation to undertake effective action to avert dangerous climate change. The ’92 Framework Convention set up the global objective and structure. The 2015 protocol (otherwise known as the Paris... more


The President’s Text: Invertebrate and Vulnerable - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 4

10 December, 2015
The President’s text of 9 Dec. has weakened the co-chairs’ text of 5 Dec. to a dangerous degree. With mitigation, there are eight main components: purpose, long-term goal, individual effort, progression, timing, ex ante process, adjustments, and stocktake. With four of these, the text remains more or less unchanged (individual effort; progression, timing and adjustment). But in four others, the... more


Climate Salvation: urgent but not yet - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 3

8 December, 2015
Dr Kennedy Graham (MP, New Zealand), Global Greens delegate to COP-21 The new ‘text’ circulated this week at COP-21 tells the story of our global drama.  The ‘Ad Hoc Working Group for Enhanced Action’ has submitted the text to the Conference of the Parties which is now required to deliberate and adopt it.  This is jargon for ‘the diplomatic grouping responsible for the future of Earth’. There are... more


Messages for Ministers

7 December, 2015
Increasing the level of ambition will require trust and cooperation that has been sorely lacking in negotiations over the past 23 years. It is essential that countries abide by the spirit of the agreement without trying to twist the rules for their own advantage. That means there need to be clear rules and definitions, and strong accountability mechanisms. These next few days are crucial. We need... more


Linking trust, ambition and integrity in Paris climate talks

2 December, 2015
By Barry Coates, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand The first deadline for climate change negotiations in Paris is fast approaching. The government officials who have been negotiating for eight long years since negotiations started in Bali in 2007 have to finish their work by Saturday. Late night sessions have already started trying to come up with a draft agreement that is ready for Ministers... more


Too much hot air, not enough trust – Day one from the Climate summit

2 December, 2015
By Barry Coates, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Memories of the Copenhagen climate summit are never far from the minds of negotiators at the climate change talks currently being held in Paris. In 2009 the Copenhagen talks collapsed in an atmosphere of political mistrust and mutual blame. It has taken six years to get negotiators back to the point of trying again to sign a global agreement.... more


Resolving our Cognitive Dissonance - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 2

30 November, 2015
How to resolve the inherent contradictions, the cognitive dissonance, that continues to bedevil our climate negotiations, a quarter-century on? Can we achieve a workable global consensus on value, agency, and criteria? But ultimately the answer, if there is to be one, lies in new spiritual insight – a paradigmatic change in human self-perception. The initiatives taken in recent years by... more


Testing the climate, taunting the gods - Kennedy Graham COP21 blog 1

30 November, 2015
Kennedy Graham MP, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand The national leaders of the world – there are, strictly as yet, no world leaders – have assembled in Paris and offered their wisdom on how to save the climate of planet Earth from humans, in the sense at least of keeping it congenial for humankind, and maybe a few other life-forms. There is a sense of urgency, which should not come as a... more


Yes we can! New Zealand Green Party's Climate Plan

31 October, 2015
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At COP21 this December 2015 the international community will produce a new global climate agreement. Each nation must commit to ambitious domestic emissions reduction targets to achieve the global objective of limiting global temperature increase to less than 1.5°C with the benchmark of 2°C by 2030. Sadly, New Zealand's government has chosen to set one of the world's weakest and most embarrassing... more


Australian and New Zealand Green parties to lodge complaint with Australian Human Rights Commission

16 October, 2015
Catherine Delahunty MP on Friday, October 16, 2015 - 13:09 The Green parties of New Zealand and Australia will be lodging a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) about the detention and treatment of New Zealanders in Australia. Hobart-based barrister Greg Barns will be handling the case on a pro-bono basis. “We are very concerned about the human rights breaches that New... more


Canadian, New Zealand Greens team up to oppose Trans-Pacific trade deal

13 October, 2015
Green Party leader Elizabeth May waves hello to drivers with Green Party supporters in Guelph as she met with Guelph's Green Party candidate Gord Miller on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Hannah Yoon/The Canadian Press)
The Canadian Press, Published Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 8:42AM EDT The federal Green party teamed up with its namesake from New Zealand on Tuesday to underscore their mutual opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Green Leader Elizabeth May and candidate Paul Manly hosted a news conference in Nanaimo, B.C., with elected members of the New Zealand Greens participating via the... more


Govt being left behind on clean energy transition

16 August, 2015
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The New Zealand Green Party is calling on the Government to set a goal of 100 percent renewable electricity generation or risk being left behind as industry leads the transition from dirty fossil fuel electricity generation to clean renewable power, the Green Party said today. “The Government’s fossil fuel-focused energy strategy is looking out of touch and out of date following Contact’s... more