Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Goff: NZ statement to the UN General Assembly

Phil Goff Delivers NZ statement to the UN General Assembly

Reform of the United Nations is vital to ensure its ongoing relevance and effectiveness, Foreign Minister Phil Goff told the United Nations General Assembly this morning.

“Permanent membership of the UN’s key body, the Security Council, reflects the power structure of the world as it was in 1945, ignoring developments of the last 59 years.

“To ensure its credibility, changes have to be made including ensuring better representation of Asia, Latin America and Africa, and countries like Japan which by itself provides nearly 20% of current UN funding."

Mr Goff also called on UN member states to change the outmoded view that national sovereignty must always be the paramount consideration preventing international intervention in local conflicts.

“It is with shame that we recall the horror of genocide in Rwanda in which 800,000 people died and the massacre at Srebrenica where over 7000 were murdered in cold blood, while the world stood by.

“A similar catastrophe is occurring in Darfur, where the World Health Organisation estimates that 10,000 people a month are dying or being killed.

“Countries within the United Nations must act together in a united and determined way to enforce last week’s Security Council resolution and intervene to stop this tragedy."

Mr Goff told the Assembly that impunity for crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide must not be tolerated.

“In cases such as Darfur or East Timor, not to act to bring offenders to justice encourages those who abuse human rights to believe they can keep on doing so, without any fear of ever being held to account.

“All countries should become parties to the International Criminal Court and recognise its jurisdiction.

“Only in that way will the message be clear that those guilty of atrocities will face justice for their actions with mechanisms in place to ensure that occurs.

“Terrorists are among those who need to be held to account.

"Those responsible for the suffering and massacre of children in Beslan callously targeted to attack those who were most vulnerable.

“All the world must close ranks against such people.

“But while terrorism is at the forefront of our concerns, for hundreds of millions of people today starvation, disease and poverty are more immediate threats to their well-being.

“It is this challenge which the United Nations must also meet, through implementing the Millennium Development Goals agreed to at the United Nations by world leaders in 2000.

“Development assistance and changes through the WTO Doha Development Agenda to build a fairer, more open and equitable global trading system must also be key priorities for the UN,” Mr Goff said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election