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New Zealand Disarmament and Arms Control Strategy 2024-2026

Disarmament strategy infographic.

New Zealand has long been active on disarmament and non-proliferation issues in our pursuit of a safer and more secure world, free from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, where international law is respected and civilians in conflict zones are protected from harm, and where the international community is responsive to new and emerging threats and challenges.

In light of the challenging global security environment and the volume of urgent competing priorities, we have developed a strategy to be even more deliberate about where we put our effort.

This strategy [PDF, 1.1 MB] draws on our existing reputation, experience and relationships to continue pursuing long-standing objectives. It identifies our priority objectives for 2024–2026, the context in which we are pursuing them, and the means through which we aim to achieve them.

The strategy aligns with the goals set out in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Strategic Framework. It reflects our humanitarian approach to disarmament and our steadfast view that forward movement on disarmament is not conditional on an improved international situation but can contribute to its achievement.

As the strategy makes clear, New Zealand is most effective when we work closely with our bilateral friends and partners, international organisations, academics and civil society at home and offshore. Join the kōrero — follow us on X | @DisarmamentNZ(external link) and share your views on these important issues.

We are committed to engagement with the New Zealand public on the strategy – for example, see below the results of a public survey we commissioned of New Zealanders’ opinions on autonomous weapons.

MFAT’s role

MFAT’s International Security and Disarmament Division advises ministers on arms control and disarmament policy. The division implements and advocates for disarmament policy through our posts, especially in Geneva, Vienna, The Hague, and New York, as well as at home. It also ensures our obligations under international treaties and arms control regimes are met.

MFAT coordinates the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC), which advises the government on disarmament issues.

Read more about PACDAC

Our disarmament work

New Zealand’s disarmament work is guided by international treaties in two areas:

Weapons of mass destruction – Nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and biological weapons

Conventional weapons – Land mines, cluster munitions, arms trade, small arms and light weapons, and inhumane weapons

We're also party to several international agreements on the import and export of strategic goods (weapons and materials that can be used to manufacture weapons). In line with these agreements, New Zealand has laws around the trade of strategic goods.


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