Statement delivered by Gerard van Bohemen, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 20 November 2015.

New Zealand stands in solidarity with the victims, families, fellow citizens and Governments who have suffered from the recent horrendous attacks perpetrated by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). We are today one week from the terrible events in Paris, and less than a day from those in Bamako. As others have noted, those are but two episodes in a bloody, continuing story.

The Security Council must speak out in times of crisis. We are pleased that today the Council has sent a strong, unified message of its shared result to prevent and suppress the terrorist threat posed by ISIL and other terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In the face of ISIL’s barbarity and senseless killing, we are reminded of the important role of the Council in uniting the international community around our shared commitment to peace and collective security.