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New Zealand’s July Presidency of the UN Security Council has ended with a debate on the Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States. More than 20 heads of State, ministers and senior officials attended the debate which highlighted the many challenges that are particular to SIDS.


New Zealand has assumed the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of July 2015. Read the Prime Minister's media release.

During July, New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Gerard van Bohemen may speak on behalf of all Council members. The President builds the Programme of Work for the month and chairs Council meetings. The President plays a pivotal role in times of crisis.


Finalists for the 2015 New Zealand Business Awards have been announced and represent one of the most diverse lists of finalists in the Awards’ history, says New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.


Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, has presented his credentials to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

This is Gerard’s third posting to New York.  He was Deputy Permanent Representative when New Zealand was last on the Security Council in 1993 and 1994.


A series of stunning Māori woven panels known as Tukutuku, has been unveiled at the United Nations in New York. The panels will enhance the original rimu wall New Zealand gifted to the UN in 1952 and will be seen by more than 250,000 visitors to the UN each year.


Some of the Māori weavers who crafted the 43 panels travelled to New York for the unveiling, including Christina Hurihia Wirihana, chairperson of Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa, the National Collective of Māori Weavers. She says the dawn ceremony was bittersweet.


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


An online toolkit is now available for New Zealand exporters to help tell the New Zealand story overseas.

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