New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland


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Later this year and early next year, New Zealanders enrolled to vote will be asked to participate in two postal referenda to consider the future of the New Zealand flag:
  1. To rank the shortlist of four flag alternatives
  2. To keep the current flag or adopt the preferred alternative design

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.


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.


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

Read the Prime Minister's media release


Thank you Mr Chairperson,

New Zealand joins others to reiterate strong support for the excellent work of UNHCR at this time of unprecedented demand and increasing pressure on the ability to respond to displacement crises around the world.  New Zealand is pleased to respond positively to the High Commissioner’s request to continue to pledge un-earmarked core funding, as well as responding to additional targeted appeals.


65th session, Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme                                                                          

Statement by New Zealand, delivered by Carl Reaich 30 September


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