Whale breaching, Kaikoura

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The New Zealand government is signatory to a number of international agreements that impact on our work.

International agreements that we have are a particular interest in are:

Other agreements

New Zealand has a history of involvement in other global conservation efforts including the following:

Basel Convention
Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal.

London Convention 1972
Convention on the prevention of marine pollution by dumping of wastes and other matter.

International convention for the prevention of pollution from ships.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Codifies customary international law of the sea.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
A range of commitments aimed at stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations.

Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer
Obliges parties to take appropriate measures to protect human health and the environment against adverse effects of modification of the ozone layer. 

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