Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says has experienced a ‘huge learning curve' after attending the COP23 conference in Germany last week.
In a Facebook video blog, Todd reports back on his involvement at the conference. He is one of more than 25,000 who attended with all 170 parties linked into the Paris agreement turning up for the event.
The video is part of what is expected to be regular Facebook video blogs, updating constituents on what's happening in New Zealand's 52nd parliament
The conference was chaired by Fiji, which Todd says is an advantage for the region.
“Fiji are chairing this particular conference which is GREAT for our region and great for the Pacific, in particular,” he says.
“It's been great to hear the feedback over the few days I've been here, appreciative of New Zealand's effort over the last few years supporting Pacific Island countries in particular, to grapple with climate change and the impact on their community.
“The previous Government gave over $200 million to support mitigation and adaption efforts.”
He says the week was a good way to lay the foundations or a ‘rule book' of how to actually implement, report on, and progress the Paris Agreement across the 170 countries.
“We have made our commitment under the previous government for a 30 per cent reduction under 2005 levels by 2030 which is a commitment that I'm very proud of giving a voice to here as the Opposition Spokesman for Climate Change.
“It's a huge learning curve, an incredibly vibrant environment, and quite different from anything I've ever experienced before.”