The first of our climate change leader series

In November 2015, negotiators from nearly 200 countries gathered in Paris to conclude a global climate change agreement. The Paris Agreement’s aim is to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” As its part, New Zealand made a bold commitment: 30 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. In 2018, Parties will take stock of the collective efforts in relation to progress towards the goal set in the Paris Agreement and to inform the preparation of NDCs. Come and hear Jo Tyndall, co-Chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) and New Zealand’s immediate past Climate Change Ambassador, and Kay Harrison who leads New Zealand’s International Carbon Markets team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in conversation with Hon David Caygill, Chair of the BusinessNZ Energy Council. Jo and Kay will each reflect on the drive to achieving the Paris Agreement goals, negotiating dynamics and what it all means for New Zealand. PRESS BY INVITATION ONLY

Key Speakers


Jo Tyndall is co-Chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). Jo is New Zealand’s former Climate Change Ambassador and head of delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, holding this position between July 2010 and March 2016. Prior to this, Jo held a range of roles including her Vice President position on the Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, representing the regional grouping of Western European and Other States, in 2014 and 2015.

Kay Harrison is Lead Negotiator, International Carbon Markets for the Ministry for the Environment. She and her project team are co-located at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Formerly Director Climate Change, Kay is leading a project to develop international carbon market partnerships for New Zealand. The team’s work also encompasses negotiations on carbon markets under the Paris Agreement as well as New Zealand initiatives such as the Asia Pacific Carbon Markets Roundtable.


Hon David Caygill is currently Chair of the BusinessNZ Energy Council and Deputy Chair of Environment Canterbury. David is a former Member of Parliament and served as Minister of Finance between 1988 and 1990. David left Parliament in 1996 and has since practiced as a lawyer. David has served on several governance boards including as Chair of the ACC and the Electricity Commission and as Deputy Chair of the Commerce Commission.