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Mā te wā, APEC 2021

The meeting of APEC Leaders overnight on 12 November marked the end of APEC 2021.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that as New Zealand’s leadership of APEC in 2021 draws to a close, "APEC has united the region in a coordinated response to the biggest economic downturn in 75 years, with a series of results that matter..."

Replay: The APEC Leaders' Meeting media conference

At 3.30am on 13 November, after the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with media to discuss the final meeting of APEC 2021.

Latest news from APEC 2021

APEC 'a powerful example of commuity'

In a year of unprecedented challenge, New Zealand’s leadership in APEC and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) has helped the region to weather the storm of the pandemic and secure a better foundation for the future, says the New Zealand International Business Forum (NZIBF).

17 November 2021

Prime Minister concludes APEC Economic Leaders’ Summit

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern overnight chaired the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting where Leaders from 21 APEC economies agreed to the new Aotearoa Plan of Action.

13 November 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomes APEC Leaders to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting

PM Ardern rallies APEC Leaders on COVID response, climate change

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opened the 2021 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Friday by reaffirming her confidence in multilateral cooperation as leaders look to emerge together from the global crisis.

13 November 2021

The big reveal – APEC 2021’s fashion moment

A highlight of APEC 2021 took place this evening (13 November), when the iconic family photo was revealed, featuring Leaders all wearing a garment gifted to them by New Zealand as this year’s host.

12 November 2021

Agreement on long-term action plan for Asia-Pacific region

The 21 APEC Leaders have today agreed on a detailed plan to help build the peace, prosperity, well-being and resilience of its 2.7 billion people, now and into the future.

12 November 2021

A beginner’s guide to APEC 2021

APEC 2021 was a big challenge. COVID-19 presented the biggest health crisis since the 1918 influenza pandemic, as well as the largest economic collapse since World War II.

12 November 2021

APEC CEO Summit highlights

The summit - broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT) - was a virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies.

Billed as the most important meeting of business and government in the Asia-Pacific, this is where thought leaders and world business executives engaged with each other and with APEC leaders, seeking solutions to the biggest challenges and opportunities of our times. Find out more here.

CEO Summit: Day 2 highlights

The APEC CEO Summit 2021 has concluded. Watch the highlights as business and thought leaders contribute to conversations about the big issues of today.

CEO Summit: Day 1 highlights

Watch the action from the first day of the APEC CEO Summit, the Asia-Pacific's premiere virtual gathering of the world's most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies.

Latest news from the APEC CEO Summit 2021

And that’s a wrap – The APEC CEO Summit finishes on a high

Day two, the final day, of The APEC CEO Summit 2021 has come to an end and included a 19 year old White House advisor, a professor of social psychology, the head of Air Asia and a conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda.

12 November 2021

APEC CEO Summit closes, with a hand over to next year’s host Thailand

The two day, fully virtual, APEC CEO Summit has come to a close, with New Zealand Chair, Barbara Chapman handing the Summit hosting baton to Thailand’s Dr Poj Aramwattananont.

12 November 2021

Climate crisis a slow burning fire - 19 year old Whitehouse Advisor

Jerome Foster II, who at 19 is the youngest ever White House advisor in US history, spoke to the APEC CEO Summit about his work for climate justice, particularly for communities of colour. 

12 November 2021

Sustainability at the centre of food production

Global food producers are putting sustainability at the centre of their business, says Food Industry Asia Executive Director Matt Kovac.

12 November 2021

His Excellency Joko Widodo President of Indonesia

The digital economy and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises must become a new source of growth for an inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy, the President of Indonesia, His Excellency Joko Widodo, told the APEC CEO Summit.

12 November 2021

Young people give Sir Ian Taylor hope for the future

On the second day of the APEC CEO Summit 2021, Sir Ian Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu) founder and CEO of Animation Research and Innovator of the year 2019, told the story of his whakapapa (ancestry).

12 November 2021

Leaders' Week at a glance

Leaders' Week programme

New Zealand Voices of the Future representative Jess Jenkins hands the Prime Minister the declartion, on behalf of the Asia-Pacific's 1 billion young people.

Voices of the Future

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November

A two-day youth summit, which will close with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receiving the summit’s Youth Declaration.

Learn more about Voices of the Future

APEC Ministerial Meeting

Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 November

The largest ministerial meeting of the year. APEC Ministers will review progress and make commitments on key objectives, laying the groundwork for the Leaders’ Retreat.

Learn more about AMM

AMM virtual media conference

Wednesday 10 November

Both AMM Chairs will give brief opening remarks about key meeting outcomes and APEC’s work this year, followed by a 30-minute facilitated media Q&A session.

Learn more


Wednesday 10 November

The fourth and final meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Learn more about ABAC 4

CEO Summit

Thursday 11, and Friday 12 November

A virtual gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies.

Learn more about CEO Summit

ABAC/Leaders' dialogue

Friday 12 November

This is where the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) will discuss priority issues for business with the region’s leaders.

Learn more about ABAC/Leaders' dialogue

APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM)

Friday 12 November

The famous meeting of APEC leaders is the pinnacle of New Zealand’s host year. It draws together work from throughout the year and is a final opportunity each year for Leaders to shape the future of the region.  

Learn more about AELM

AELM virtual media conference

Saturday 13 November

AELM Chair Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talks to media about key meeting outcome from the Leaders' meeting.

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From all of us, in Aotearoa New Zealand: The gifts of APEC 2021

 Strong connections are important to us, here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

So, as APEC host, presenting gifts to those participating in our most important events has been another way for us to express the value of these connections.  

Read more about the gifts

Join, Work, Grow. Together.
Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.