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Labour Launches Foreign Affairs Policy

Hon Phil Goff
Member of Parliament for Mt Roskill
Minister of Justice

12 July 2002

Labour Launches Foreign Affairs Policy

Foreign Minister Phil Goff today spelled out Labour’s priorities and policies for advancing the goals of peace, security and trade in the international arena.

“New Zealand’s prosperity depends on its success as a trading nation,” he said.

“Market development, attracting new investment and promoting a New Zealand image, not simply as a clean and green country but also as an innovative nation at the leading edge of knowledge, are key priorities.

“New Zealand will intensify its efforts to secure greater market access through lower tariff barriers and elimination of distorting subsidies through the Doha Development Agenda, APEC and regional and bilateral trade negotiations.

“This not only promotes our interests but also those of sustainable development and the needs of the developing world.

“New Zealand will continue to play an active role in peacekeeping and regional and international security.

“As a nation we have won respect for our independent, principled and fair-minded position on international issues, and our readiness to play our full role in international operations.

“This has given us as a small nation a disproportionate influence.

“Post East Timor, we will continue to be ready to play our role in peacekeeping and security operations as a good international citizen, including in areas such as curbing people smuggling and contributing to the campaign against terrorism.

“We are committed to maintaining New Zealand’s nuclear free status and to playing an active role in the drive for international disarmament.

“In human rights, we will continue to work multilaterally and bilaterally to strengthen observance of basic United Nations standards on civil, economic and social rights.

“We will support and seek to strengthen adherence to the jurisdiction and effectiveness to the International Criminal Court to cover genocide, war crimes and crime against humanity.

“We will promote international environment standards and sustainable development with particular emphasis on our role in Antarctica, protecting biodiversity and working to maintain protection of whales, as well as acting to meet commitments relating to climate change.

“Finally, New Zealand will maintain its focus on working in the Pacific to promote sustainable development, social progress, good governance and the rule of law”, Mr Goff said.


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