New Zealand believes in a rules-based international system and the UN is at the core of this. New Zealand works to make the UN a better organisation. New Zealand served on the UN Security Council for the fourth time from 2015-16. MFAT represents New Zealand at the UN.
Peace, rights & security
Working towards a secure world
We take our responsibility for helping create and maintain a peaceful world seriously. New Zealand participates actively in the international campaign against terrorism, initiatives to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and peace support operations. We work with other governments and participate in regional and international bodies that promote wider security cooperation and stability.
The protection of human rights is fundamental to achieving peace and stability, and New Zealand is known for its work to promote human rights internationally.
MFAT represents New Zealand in global discussions on peace, security and human rights issues.
New Zealand served on the United Nations Security Council 2015-2016.
News & Events
Joint Press Release: The European Union and New Zealand engaged in their annual Joint Committee - Brussels/Wellington, 7 July 2020
The European Union and New Zealand today relaunched the EU-New Zealand Human Rights consultations, in the context of an increasingly uncertain world where many of these basic values are being challenged.
New Zealand has joined a group of prominent nuclear disarmament supporters to issue a joint statement commemorating 50 years of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
New Zealand with six others led a joint statement signed by 146 UN member states calling for action to address the rise of gender based and domestic violence under COVID-19.
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