New Zealand has gained a seat on the UN Security Council.
New Zealand secured 145 votes of the 193 cast by UN members to secure a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.
It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
It is the first time since 1994 that New Zealand has held a seat on such a powerful body.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has said that gaining this seat will also advance our own interests, as it provides New Zealand with the opportunity to build relationships in trade and economic development with other major countries.
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