New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland


As part of its contribution to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the New Zealand Permanent Mission and the New Zealand Ministry of Health, together with the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands and other partners, organised an event focused on health and well-being in emergencies.  Speakers included WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, WHO Assistant Director General Dr Bruce Aylward, Special Representative of the Director-General for the Ebola Response HRH Princess Zeid of Jordan, HE Dr Adeelah Hammood Minister of Health of Iraq,  and other distinguished panellists fro


This years’ Anzac Day Service, held at the Commonwealth War Graves, St. Matin's Cemetery, Vevey, Switzerland, marked the 100th anniversary of the Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landings at Gallipoli, on the 25th April 1915.


New Zealand’s non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (2015-2016) gives us an opportunity to actively engage and promote peace and security around the world. In recognition that peace goes beyond the governmental realm we wanted to acknowledge a young kiwi who is also on track to promoting peace through her music.


The launch of the 2nd edition of African Union Handbook 2015 was held, 5 February 2015, at the New Zealand Permanent Mission, Geneva, Switzerland by HE Amanda Ellis,  Mr Simon Draper, Divisional Manager of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, NZ and HE Mr Jean-Marie Ehouzou od the African Union in Geneva.


Helen Clark, Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former Prime Minister of New Zealand has been named by Forbes as 23rd of the  World's 100 Most Powerful Women” (with Angela Merkel, Oprah Winfrey and Malala).  As the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with $5 billion annual budget, Helen Clark is  leading the UN's Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

View Helen Clark's Forbes profile.


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.

Amanda Ellis, UN Ambassador and John Adank, WTO Ambassador wear orange to show New Zealand's support for the International Campaign to Eliminate Violence against Women.

New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release

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