Prime Minister John Key traveled to New York last week to address world leaders at the UN General Assembly. In his address to the Security Council Key expressed his lack of belief in the Council as they fail “do its duty” regarding the minimisation of worldwide conflict.
As part of New Zealand’s statement in the general debate, Mr Key told leaders that key conflicts in countries such as Syria, Yemen and South Sudan portray just how far the UN is from achieving the aspirations of its founders. Key alluded to to the systematic problem of refugees and the hard reality that these individuals face when they flee their war-stricken countries.
This is the first time since New Zealand has been elected to the Security Council and the first time that Key has been able to address our nations concerns. Key finished his address by saying how proud he was with the contribution New Zealand is making to but he believes that the “collective effort of the Security Council” can be improved.