AMM virtual media conference
- When: 10.15am - 10.45am NZDT on Wednesday 10 November, 2021.
The morning after the APEC Ministerial Meeting co-chairs Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor briefed the media on the meeting's outcomes.
Discussions at the meeting were focused on resilient recovery from COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific region.
“APEC Ministers have recognised the need for a COVID recovery that ensures no one is left behind. This particularly includes women and indigenous peoples who are most negatively impacted by the global pandemic,” Minister Mahuta said in a release ahead of the media briefing.
“It is also important that APEC continues to emphasise its strong support for global climate commitments and a low-emission, climate-resilient future for the region. I was pleased that we could agree to a plan to halt the increase of harmful fossil fuel subsidies – which drive environmental degradation and contribute to climate change."
Minister O'Connor added that real progress had been made under New Zealand's leadership of APEC.
“Ministers agreed it is essential APEC supports the WTO in achieving an ambitious set of outcomes as we re-stabilise it in December. This approach will benefit all. Free, fair and open trade will get us all through the pandemic."