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


PM addresses United Nations General Assembly

Rt Hon John Key
Prime Minister
21 September 2016
Media Statement

PM addresses United Nations General Assembly

Prime Minister John Key used his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today to urge the Security Council to meet its responsibilities, address the Syria crisis and commit to a united stand against North Korea.

Mr Key told the General Assembly that the Security Council has shortcomings which risk undermining its relevance and standing in world affairs.

“We are deeply troubled to see the Council, the preeminent body for international peace and security, fail to live up to its responsibilities on the biggest crisis of our time, Syria. Here the Council has fallen short,” said Mr Key.

“The internal politics within the Council and the sheer complexity of the Syria crisis have obstructed a unified Council response.

“Syria is exactly the type of crisis the Security Council was established to address.”

Mr Key also told the Council an urgent, unified response on North Korea is needed.
“North Korea’s efforts to advance its nuclear and missile programmes, its callous disregard for its own people, and its leader’s unpredictably ruthless rule, have made it one of our most pressing international security threats.
“We cannot afford further escalation.”

Mr Key reiterated the importance of Security Council reform, including the use of the veto.

“No matter how hard we work to find compromises, time and time again we come up against the veto.

“The exploitation of the veto is well beyond what the founders of the UN envisaged. The time for moving forward on Security Council reform is now.”

Mr Key also used his speech to promote Helen Clark’s bid to become the next UN Secretary General, and to make to the case for new international trade agreements that benefit all countries.

“We can’t allow fear or narrow domestic interests turn us away from an open global trading system, which has lifted millions out of poverty already.

“A more prosperous and integrated region will also be a more secure one. And that is in all our interests.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Implications Of The Travel Bubble

Amidst the coverage of the hugs and kisses and reunion tears one hates to be a killjoy… But there has been little attention paid to the pattern of travel we’re likely to see with the Trans-tasman bubble. Clearly, there has been a lot of pent-up demand for the Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) kind of travel which – while welcome on humanitarian grounds - will be of less benefit to our ailing tourism industry than say, holiday excursions and high-end business travel... More>>


Government: Border Exceptions Will See More Families Reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. More>>


National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>


Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels