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New Zealand in The United Nations

New Zealand's engagement with the United Nations

The broad work agenda of the United Nations covers many issues of importance and interest to New Zealand. The United Nations, Human Rights and Commonwealth Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade liaises with other divisions in the Ministry, as well as other government departments to facilitate New Zealand’s interaction with the United Nations.

New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the UN Hon Jim McLay presenting the formal letter of introduction to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (UN Headquarters, New York 2009)
New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the UN Hon Jim McLay presenting the formal letter of introduction to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (UN Headquarters, New York 2009)

Our interests in the UN’s multilateral environment are represented on the ground by New Zealand’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. New Zealand also has Permanent Missions to the United Nations Offices in Geneva and Vienna, which focus on human rights and disarmament issues respectively. Multilateral diplomacy sees Mission staff engaging with many different countries and organisations. Representatives from the Missions communicate New Zealand’s policy positions to UN officials and delegates from other countries, and to convey their views back to Ministry representatives in Wellington and New Zealand’s overseas posts. The Missions also promote New Zealand’s positions in negotiations on UN resolutions, reports and activities.

As a small country in the UN, New Zealand often engages on certain issues as part of a larger group. We work particularly closely alongside Canada and Australia as part of an informal grouping known as CANZ. Although not like-minded on all issues before the UN, CANZ provides a strong and effective mechanism through which we can promote joint positions and candidates, and share work burdens.

New Zealand’s key areas of interest at the United Nations

New Zealand’s key interests in the UN cover the full spectrum of the multilateral agenda, including international security and disarmament, environment, human rights and targeted development programmes. More information on New Zealand’s active engagement in these issues is given through the following links:

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