New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland


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.

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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


The New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva held a special launch event to promote the latest edition of United Nations Handbook (2014-2015) on the 16 September 2014, at the United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.


The New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva celebrated the United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States which was held from 1-4 September in Samoa with a lunchtime Reception on 5 September titled ‘From São Tomé to Samoa’.


Panel chairs at the New Zealand side event included Benin Minister of Industry, Trade and SMEs, Mme. Azaria Honhoui, Madagascar Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Ravatomanga, New Zealand Ambassador and PR to the UN in Geneva, Mme. Ellis, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Africa, Mr. Dieye, International Trade Centre Executive-Director Mme. Gonzalez, and Benin Ambassador and PR to the UN in New York, Mr. Zinsou.


Participants from the New Zealand, Benin, UNDP and ITC side event on "Leveraging LDC agricultural potential through productive partnerships: new business models in science, innovation and market access” 

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