New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America

2014 Anzac Lecture

New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Hon Jim McLay, presented the annual ANZAC address at Georgetown University on Monday 7 April.

Ambassador McLay’s speech was entitled “A Small State at the Big Table: New Zealand, Multilateralism and the UN Security Council”. In his address Ambassador McLay traced New Zealand’s independent stance on many global issues, from the disastrous 1915 military campaign in the Dardanelles, through the League of Nations, the 1945 San Francisco conference, and policy differences with the United States and other major powers, to its present day role as a trusted and innovative bridge-builder between various UN factions. Ambassador McLay said that it was these traits – independence, fair-mindedness and ability to build bridges – that made New Zealand an ideal candidate for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2015-16.

We would like to thank the Director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at Georgetown University Alan Tidwell and Program Coordinator Lindsey Parsons for making this event possible.


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