October 8, 2021 – Dublin, Ireland
Agriculture plays an important role in the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Ireland and New Zealand. We are focused on increasing the productivity, inclusiveness and resilience of our respective primary sectors. As agri-food exporting countries, we also share a commitment to a fair and rules-based global trading system and recognize the role of inclusive and progressive trade in supporting all pillars of sustainable development.
The governments of Ireland and New Zealand recognize the urgent need to find solutions that address the impact of agricultural production systems on climate, water quality and biodiversity. No country can meet these existential challenges alone. Ireland and New Zealand recognize that active global partnerships are integral to achieving our national and global ambitions. Building on our strong history of bilateral agricultural cooperation, this declaration reaffirms the agricultural cooperation partnership between Ireland and New Zealand.
To further the development of this partnership, we affirm that officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) will meet annually for policy dialogues. agricultural.
Based on the bilateral dialogues held on September 28-29, 2021, DAFM and MPI officials will develop a joint cooperation program around the central mission of advancing a progressive international partnership for sustainable agriculture.
Actions under the common agenda will build on already strong technical and research partnerships, in particular on the measurement and reduction of biogenic methane emissions through the Global Greenhouse Gas Research Alliance. agricultural greenhouse (GRA) where we are important collaborators.
The agenda will also seek to develop our bilateral cooperation in international forums such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and in within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Beyond the recent United Nations Food Systems Summit, Ireland and New Zealand will also seek to cooperate on the important task of promoting and implementing food systems approaches, investing in the sustainability of our food for future generations.