New Zealand believes in a rules-based international system and the UN is at the core of this. New Zealand works to make the UN a better organisation. At the moment, New Zealand is serving on the top UN body, the Security Council. MFAT represents New Zealand at the UN.
Peace, rights & security
Working towards a secure world
We take our responsibility for helping create and maintain a peaceful world seriously. New Zealand participates actively in the international campaign against terrorism, initiatives to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and peace support operations. We work with other governments and participate in regional and international bodies that promote wider security cooperation and stability.
The protection of human rights is fundamental to achieving peace and stability, and New Zealand is known for its work to promote human rights internationally.
MFAT represents New Zealand in global discussions on peace, security and human rights issues.
New Zealand served on the United Nations Security Council 2015-2016.
News & Events
The United Nations Security Council has reaffirmed that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, has no legal validity...
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2332.
A UN Security Council resolution aimed at stopping attacks in the Syrian city of Aleppo has been vetoed by Russia and China.
The UN General Assembly has appointed Mr António Guterres as Secretary-General of the United Nations, for a five year term starting on 1 January 2017.