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A UNANZ Publication (March 2003)

New Zealand and the UN

Jim McLay Briefing (2009)

►A paper by Matt McGrath, and UNANZ  

This paper - outlining the work of UNANZ - was compiled by Matt McGrath, National President, The United Nations Youth Association of New Zealand for the United Nations Association of New Zealand (Inc), in conjunction with its briefing to the incoming Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Hon Jim McLay. 

UN General Assembly (September 2010)

►General Debate: 65th Session

►Hon. Murry McCully Address to the GA

"MURRAY MCCULLY, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, said his country’s future was closely tied to that of Europe, and Asia and the Pacific. In addition to its indigenous Maori, its remaining population was a mix of people from those regions. New Zealand was focused on the security and development of the South Pacific, the region to which it belonged. It was gravely concerned that its region was second only to sub-Saharan Africa in terms of lack of progress towards achieving some of the Millennium Goals. “We want to see the Millennium Development Goals achieved, and we want to see the wider Pacific prosper through good governance and sustainable economic development,” he said..."


Jim McLay promotes NZ Campaign for Security Council (August 2010)

►Kiwi's called on to rally behind UN bid

"New Zealand's representative at the United Nations, Jim McLay, is calling on the whole country to get in behind a campaign to win a seat on the Security Council in 2015..."


Helen Clark: "Improving Global Governance: Making global institutions fit-for-purpose in the 21st century" 13 November 2012

Helen Clark speoae to a public gathering organised by Victoria University Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.

Peace and Security 

2015 Summary of the International Peace Day Seminar help at Parliament House 

UNANZ joing the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANW)

Palmer to head UN flotilla inquiry (August 2010)

►NZ Herald Report

"Former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says heading an inquiry into the fatal Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla earlier this year will probably be the hardest job he has done..."


Meeting of State Parties (November 2010)

►Convention on Cluster Munitions

"The Convention on Cluster Munitions, CCM, prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions. Separate articles in the Convention concern assistance to victims, clearance of contaminated areas and destruction of stockpiles.


The Convention was adopted in Dublin by 107 states on 30 May 2008 and signed on 3 December the same year. The Convention became binding international law for the States Parties when it entered into force on 1 August 2010. The First Meeting of States Parties took place in Vientiane, Laos, 9 – 12 November 2010. Future States Parties will accede to the Convention by submitting their ratifications to the United Nations headquarters in New York..."

Commemorating the Jewish Holocaust (Feb 2006)

►A presentation by Laurie Ross

"The purpose of this annual remembering of ‘The Holocaust’ is to reaffirm our collective resolve, that it should never be allowed to happen again. The United Nations has declared the 27th January to be the official day for remembrance and honouring of Holocaust Survivors and has taken on the responsibility for preventing such abominations in future..."

Responsibility to Protect (Feb 2006)

►A presentation by Robin Halliday

"I have been asked to speak tonight about what was perhaps the most important and far-reaching outcome of the UN Summit in September 2005.

That was the endorsement of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect – an acceptance – clear and unambiguous the UN Department of Information handout says – by all governments of the collective international responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Willingness to take timely and decisive collective action for this purpose, through the Security Council, when peaceful means prove inadequate and national authorities are manifestly failing to do it..."

A More Secure World: Our shared responsibility. (2004) 

►A report of the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

An international group of senior statesmen developed a broad analysis of security threats ranging from poverty and environmental degradation to Nuclear chemical and biological weapons. It emphasised the interconnectedness of all the threats, and the need for coordinated effort to address them.


Kofi Annan (Former Secretary General of the UN) Farewell

In 2006 Kofi Annan was replaced by Ban Ki Moon as Secretary General for the United Nations.

The Millennium Development Goals

►Monitor Progress with the MDGs

►Development Goals

►UN Millennium Project

The MDG's are the product of a series of international summits and conferences during the 1990s. These summits and conferences culminated in the Millennium Declaration that was unanimously adopted by the member states of the UN. 

“The Millennium Development Goals commit the international community to an expanded vision of development, one that vigorously promotes human development as the key to sustaining social and economic progress in all countries, and recognizes the importance of creating a global partnership for development. The goals have been commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress.”


The eight Millennium Development Goals constitute an ambitious agenda to significantly improve the human condition by 2015. The Goals set clear targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women. For each Goal a set of Targets and Indicators have been defined and are used to track the progress in meeting the Goals.

Sachs Report (2005)
►Investing in Development – A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

An extensive analysis by an international team has identified a series of ways in which major gains towards the Millennium Development Goals can be achieved by relatively modest investments. 

63rd Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference Advance Global Health: Achieve the MDGs (2010)

►DPI/NGO Declaration 

Human Rights 

In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All (2005)
►A paper by UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan

This paper ties together the previous developments, and highlights the opportunities and challenges that currently exist. 

Conventions for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Survey Results (2010)

►CEDAW Survey Responses

This document is the result of a survey to all Members of Parliament asking them about their personal knowledge of the International Bill of Human Rights, and the Conventions for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. We decided to try again in late February 2010, after only 7 of 122 MP’s responded to our survey questions. In that February round only two further MP’s responded.


The general aim was to assess the general knowledge of International Human Rights agreements, and in particular, to ascertain how well known the Conventions for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women were.


UN Women Launched (December 2010)

►United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously on 2 July 2010 to create a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.


Sustainable Development

UN High Level Panel to Tackle Sustainability Issues (August 2010)

►UN News Centre Article

"Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled a new panel on global sustainability that is tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring that economic development is environmentally friendly..."

 Sustainable Future: (22 November 2011) 

The UN's campaign, "Rio+20: The Future We Want,"  was rolled out at UN Headquarters on 22 November 2011, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang and  USG Akasaka, as well as representatives of the Brazilian Government and civil society.

The event was called a launch of "a global conversation on sustainable development," which will allow people around the world to engage in a discussion on the kind of world we want in 20 years and how we are going to achieve that vision.

On 22 November, we also launched a new website,
This website is user-friendly for the broader public, with some materials available in all six official languages. It invites you to "Join the Global Conversation," which directs you to a website run by an external partner, called The Future We Want, where you will receive instructions on how to
participate, using your computers, hand-held devices and cell phones, or by submitting your ideas the traditional way, in letters and drawings. This external website is in English only to start, although it will accept inputs in all languages.  We are aiming to put instructions in all official languages on our sustainablefuture website, which will then link to the external website. Both websites will be further built and elaborated over the months to come.

The website has a prominent link to the official Rio+20 Conference website (which is in English only), a media page, ideas for how people can take action, and information on the seven key issues for which "mini-campaigns" are being developed by UN System partners: energy, oceans, food, cities, water, jobs/equity and resilience to

In early February, The Future We Want will launch a state-of-the-art crowd-sourcing campaign that will further focus the global conversation on the best and brightest ideas for the future of our cities, metropolitan areas and rural communities, in many regions of the world and from many cultures. These will be compiled and reviewed by a team of experts during March/April, and in June, the project will unveil a high-definition interactive exhibit at Rio+20, in which the best ideas from the global conversation will be shown in videos and computer animations.  Adaptations of these visuals will also be available on-line. 

Human Rights Resource

Human Rights resource for Schools produced by the Christchurch Branch of UNANZ. 

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