New Zealand will chair the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) for approximately one year. This starts with a plenary session in Auckland from 7-11 October 2019.

New Zealand and MTCR

New Zealand is one of 35 countries that are members of the MTCR.

The key objective of the MTCR is to limit the proliferation of missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and key technologies associated with these missiles. WMD are weapons capable of delivering nuclear, biological and chemical payloads.

New Zealand is a longstanding and proud supporter of the disarmament and non-proliferation movement globally. Our membership of this key export control regime plays an important role in supporting international security. It also allows us to advocate for stronger non-proliferation controls for weapons capable of immense destruction and unacceptable human suffering. 

Please see the Public Statement   [PDF, 568 KB] agreed at the October 2019 Auckland Plenary meeting.

Export controls

New Zealand implements its MTCR commitments in accordance with our national export controls framework.

Chair of MTCR

Ambassador for Disarmament, H.E. Dell Higgie will take the role of Chair for New Zealand.

Biography

Dell Higgie is a career diplomat with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. Her academic qualifications are in English Literature and in Law – including a Masters degree in international law.  

Her Wellington-based appointments have included being New Zealand’s International Trade Law Adviser (responsible for New Zealand’s WTO litigation) and 6 years as New Zealand’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism and Director of MFAT’s International Security and Disarmament Division. 

Her overseas-based positions have included Political Counsellor, Washington; Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark; and Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament (CD) in Geneva. 

Currently, she is again a Wellington-based Ambassador-at-large – this time for Disarmament – and continues on in the role of Permanent Representative to the CD in Geneva.