Last week, New Zealand was successful in its decade-long campaign to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council. We needed 129 votes, and got an outright win on the first ballot with 145 votes from United Nations members.
This seat, which will see us at the top United Nations table for two years (over 2015 and 2016), is where decisions regarding security and humanitarian crises are made. The Security Council is the only forum that can urgently respond to security and humanitarian crises, and this will see New Zealand make a real contribution in global decision making.
We believe New Zealand will be a credible and positive influence on the Security Council, making a difference to world affairs by providing a unique and independent voice at the world’s top table.