Read the statements and press releases from the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister during our 2 year seat on the United Nations Security Council from January 2015 - December 2016.

Date

Statement/press release and link

Topic

2015

 

5 January

Release: New Zealand takes on UN Security Council seat (external link)

Security Council

26 January

Release: NZ condemns latest violence in Ukraine (external link)

Ukraine

15 February

Release: NZ urges all parties to make Ukraine Ceasefire work (external link)

Ukraine

20 February

Release: McCully thanks departing Permanent Representative (external link)

Security Council

21 February

Release: McCully to New York for Security Council debate (external link)

UN Charter

24 February

Statement: NZ statement to UNSC Open Debate on 70th Anniversary (external link)

UN Charter

16 April

Release: NZ welcomes UNSC resolution on Yemen (external link)

Yemen

24 April

Release: PM delivers speech at International Peace Summit (external link)

Conflict Prevention

17 May

Release: McCully to New York and Caribbean (external link)

Security Council

28 May

Release: Attorney-General to New York for UNSC meeting (external link)

Counter-terrorism

26 June

Speech: Opening address – 2015 Otago Foreign Policy School (external link)

Security Council

2 July

Release: PM – NZ begins Presidency of the UN Security Council (external link)

Presidency

15 July

Release: New Zealand welcomes historic nuclear deal (external link)

Iran

16 July

Release: McCully to New York for UNSC Presidency (external link)

Presidency

21 July

Release: Security Council confirms Iran nuclear deal (external link)

Iran

24 July

Statement: NZ statement to UNSC Middle East Open Debate (external link)

Middle East

28 July

Release: Meeting with US Secretary of State (external link)

Middle East

30 July

Release: NZ expresses deep disappointment at veto on resolution on MH17 (external link)

MH 17

30 July

Release: NZ welcomes progress towards peace in Cyprus (external link)

Cyprus

31 July

Statement: NZ statement to SIDS Open Debate (external link)

SIDS

30 September

Statement: UN Security Council statement, Settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and countering terrorist threat in the region (external link)

Counter-terrorism / Middle East / North Africa

2 October

Statement: PM’s address to 70th UN General Assembly (external link)

Security Council

2 October

Release: Prime Minister addresses United Nations (external link)

Security Council

19 October

Release: McCully to UN for Middle East Debate (external link)

Middle East

23 October

Statement: UNSC Open Debate – Middle East (external link)

Middle East

2016

 

17 January

Release: NZ welcomes implementation of Iran nuclear deal (external link)

Iran

19 February

Release: NZ removes UN sanctions against Iran (external link)

Iran

3 March

Release: New Zealand welcomes UN Security Council resolution on North Korea (external link)

DPRK

9 March

Speech: Address to Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (external link)

Security Council

15 March

Statement: New Zealand’s international priorities for 2016 (external link)

Security Council

17 March

Release: NZ concerned at Israeli land appropriations (external link)

Middle East

15 April

Release: McCully to New York and Europe (external link)

Security Council

19 April

Statement: UNSC Open Debate on the situation in the Middle East (external link)

Middle East

3 May

Speech: PM’s speech to NZ Institute of International Affairs (external link)

Security Council

6 May

Release: McCully to New York for UN meetings (external link)

Security Council

11 May

Statement: UN Security Council Open Debate: Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts (external link)

Counter-terrorism

11 May

Statement: NZ Statement to UN General Assembly: UN, Peace and Security (external link)

Peace and Security

2 September

Release: PM – NZ starts second term as UNSC President (external link)

Presidency

6 September

Release: NZ condemns North Korea missile launch (external link)

DPRK

11 September

Release: Ceasefire deal first step to peace in Syria (external link)

Syria

12 September

Release: McCully to New York for Security Council Presidency (external link)

Presidency

14 September

Statement: UN Security Council Statement after the Vote: Colombia adoption (external link)

Colombia

15 September

Statement: UN Security Council Quarterly Debate on Afghanistan (external link)

Afghanistan

16 September

Statement: UN Security Council: The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question (external link)

Middle East

21 September

Release: PM addresses United Nations General Assembly (external link)

Security Council

22 September

Release: PM urges UNSC to address Syria Crisis (external link)

Syria

22 September

Statement: PM Statement to the United Nations Security Council on Syria (external link)

Syria

23 September

Statement: UN Security Council Ministerial Level Meeting on Aviation Security and Terrorism (external link)

Counter-terrorism / Aviation security

26 October

Release: NZ training support for White Helmets in Syria (external link)

Syria

5 November

Release: US Secretary of State to visit NZ (external link)

United States

10 November

Release: McCully to Middle East (external link)

Middle East

16 November

Release: King Abdullah to visit New Zealand (external link)

Middle East

29 November

Speech: NZIIA Annual Conference (external link) 

Security Council

30 November

Release: NZ co-sponsors Syria resolution (external link)

Syria

1 December

Release: NZ endorses new UN sanctions on North Korea (external link)

DPRK

6 December

Release: UNSC Syria resolution vetoed (external link)

Syria

12 December

Release: McCully to New York for UNSC meetings (external link)

Security Council

23 December

Release: More NZ support for Syria relief efforts (external link)

Syria

24 December

Release: NZ welcomes UN resolution on Middle East Peace Process (external link)

Middle East