The United States is the latest country among at least 60 others backing the pledge.
Emissions from coal, oil and gas all rose, driven by India and China.
The award is presented by the Climate Action Network to countries who are "doing the most to achieve the least".
It acknowledges the threat food systems are under, and the role food production methods must play in reducing emissions.
"I pray with all my heart that COP28 will be another critical turning point towards genuine transformational action."
The National-led Government intends to reopen Aotearoa waters to oil and gas exploration.
"We think this is another example of a major corporation greenwashing the New Zealand public."
The warmer weather is putting pressure on food supplies around the world.
"If anyone needed a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it would be this: stop burning fossil fuels."