New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland


The New Zealand Permanent Mission to the WTO recently participated in the World Trade Organisation’s fifth Trade Policy Review of New Zealand.  The Trade Policy Review Mechanism is a core pillar of the WTO framework that enables Members to report and receive feedback on trade policy developments at regular intervals. While the focus of the review is on the WTO framework of rules it also looks more broadly at trade and economic policy developments more generally.


The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Business New Zealand, and the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions  are taking part in the annual International Labour Conference in Geneva.  This is the ILO’s most important event of the year, attended by some 3,000 delegates including labour ministers and leaders of workers' and employers' organisations from 185 countries.


Hon Michael Woodhouse visited Geneva for two days this week as the head of the New Zealand Government delegation to the International Labour Conference.  In addition to his engagements at the Conference, Minister Woodhouse met with a range of ministerial counterparts from around the world, and met with the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, the International Organisation of Migration Director-General Bill Swing, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres.


New Zealand Chief Medical Officer, Dr Don Mackie participated as a panel member at the World Heart Federation Event “Marginalized in their Teens: Rheumatic Heart Disease in Adolescents” on 18 May 2015. The event’s purpose was to address why Rheumatic Heart Disease progress has been insufficient and uneven, and strategise ways that the disease can be integrated into existing global development frameworks. The event included High-Level speakers from the African Union, the World Health Organization, Sudan, Ethiopia and the World Heart Federation.


Do you want to have a say on the future of the New Zealand flag?

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.

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