New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Minister McCully steps up UNSC campaigning efforts

New Zealand is seeking to become a non-permanent member of  the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term from January 2015 until December 2016. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will hold meetings during his stay in New York this week with a range of permanent representatives at the United Nations headquarters.

Securing a seat on the Security Council is "the government’s top foreign policy priority,” Mr McCully said in a statement. "In the lead up to the election it is important to take opportunities in New York to outline our credentials as a fair-minded and independent small state.”

The Security Council consists of five permanent members in addition to 10 non-permanent members of which five are elected every year.  Current rivals for New Zealand's bid are Spain and Turkey, with voting happening in October this year. The three nations will compete for the two seats allocated to a regional group to which they belong.

Statement by Foreign Minister McCully: http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/mccully-visit-new-york

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