New Zealand served a two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016.

During that time, the Security Council considered and responded to the most pressing threats to international peace and security. These included the situations in Syria, South Sudan and North Korea, as well as ISIL/Daesh’s brutal attacks on civilians.

In this section

Standing up for small states

We brought the peace and security challenges facing small island developing states into the spotlight of the Council.

Syria

Focusing the world's attention on Syria at a critical point in the conflict.