World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Ban Lauds New Zealand’s ‘Ingenuity And Hard Work’ for the UN

In Auckland Lecture, Ban Lauds New Zealand’s ‘Ingenuity And Hard Work’ for the UN


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Huka Falls, near Lake Taupo, New Zealand. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

3 September 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the vital contributions of New Zealand to the work of the United Nations, from peacekeeping and disarmament to gender equality and human rights, as he addressed students and faculty at the University of Auckland.

It was the second visit for the Secretary-General to the University, which bestowed on him today an honorary doctorate in recognition of the valuable work being carried out by the Organization.

In his lecture, Mr. Ban hailed New Zealand’s “ingenuity and hard work” for the UN, including the contribution of military and civilian personnel to its peacekeeping operations.

“This country has been a long and staunch champion of nuclear and conventional disarmament,” he went on to say, adding his hope that with New Zealand’s ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, it will come into effect by the end of this year.

He also voiced appreciation for New Zealand’s contributions over the years to promoting security in Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands and Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

New Zealand is also a pioneer on gender equality as the first country in the world where women received the right to vote, the Secretary-General noted, saying he admired this “far-sighted vision.”

The country, he continued, is a party to most of the core international human rights treaties, and its aid programme and assistance have been pivotal to helping countries in the Pacific region to develop.

On a personal note, the Secretary-General recalled a programme organized by the American Red Cross Society that he participated in while in high school that sponsored him to travel across the United States with other young people from more than three dozen countries.

“During that programme, Jocelyn Jones and Shirley Keen were representing New Zealand. We have met several times over the years, including three years ago when I was in Auckland. And I am happy that they are here with me today,” said Mr. Ban.

Also today, Mr. Ban met with Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General of New Zealand, and voiced his appreciation the country’s contribution to UN peacekeeping and significant support to the Third UN Conference on Small Islands Developing States.

They also discussed New Zealand’s important role in the upcoming World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to take place on the margins of the 69th General Assembly later this month, and exchanged views on developments in Ukraine, Iraq, the Middle East and South Sudan – subjects that the Secretary-General also discussed with Prime Minister John Key yesterday.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Announces Mission To Combat Ebola

Ebola outbreak: a peacekeeper with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) wears a protective mask while on duty at UN offices in the capital city of Monrovia. UN Photo/Andrey Tsarkov More>>

Syria: Life-Saving Food Aid In Jeopardy For Millions Of Syrians

18 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme ( WFP ) today warned that it is running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance. More>>

UN Warns: Hundreds Of Yemeni Families In Need Of Aid

Two displaced girls stand in front of the classroom where their family has been living in Aden, Yemen. Photo: UNHCR/P. Rubio Larrauri More>>

Ukraine: Victim "Tortured By Russian-Sponsored Militants"

GENEVA, September 17, 2014 – Irina Dovgan, a Ukrainian woman who made international headlines after she was publicly abused by Russian-sponsored militants in eastern Ukraine, testified today before the UN Human Rights Council. More>>

Gaza: Detention Conditions Of Palestinians Arrested By Israelis

PCHR Follows up Detention Conditions of Palestinians Arrested by Israeli Forces in Latest Offensive on the Gaza Strip More>>


UN: ‘Heinous’ Murder Of British Aid Worker By Islamic Militants

A wide view of the Security Council in session (file photo). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras More>>

ALSO:

UN: Nuclear Programmes Of DPR Korea, Iran Remain Serious Concern

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (left) delivers his introductory statement at the Board of Governors Meeting in Vienna, Austria. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma More>>

Libya: Closer To Brink Of Protracted Conflict And Strife

Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Léon. UN Photo/Evan Schneider More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news