Welcome to the United Nations Association of New Zealand

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) is the people's movement for the United Nations in New Zealand. 

The UN brings virtually all peoples together to address global issues and is becoming increasingly important in determining our future. It promotes world peace and justice, and works to eradicate poverty and hunger. The UN still has far to go to achieve its objectives, and we are committed to its improvement.

UNANZ promotes and supports the aims and objectives of the United Nations, and are committed to the ideals embodied in the UN Charter, and Universal Declaration of Human Rights We are a means by which the principles of the UN Charter can be shared widely and its vision realised. Read more 

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News and Events


Diplomats Seminar series starts on 2 October 2014

Sep 29 2014

UNANZ is delighted to announce that in conjunctions with Global Public Policy Project at the Victoria University School of Government another Diplomats Seminar Series will begin on the 2nd of October.  This series provides an opportunity for representatives of Foreign Missions to New Zealand to explain their country’s engagement with, and perspectives on, the structure and operation of the United Nations system. Each session provides the public with an opportunity to better understand the extent to which this international body established to promote peace and security, development, and policy coordination, is meeting the diverse needs of its members.

The first session in the series is by Her Excellency Ms Leonora Rueda, from the Embassy of Mexico who will be speaking on "Diplomatic Perspectives: Diplomacy, United Nations and the Common Good"

Date:Thursday 2 October, 2014

Time: 5:00 pm

 Venue: Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 3 (RHLT3),  Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington

2013 United Nations Day Celebrations

Oct 20 2013

"UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday".

On the 16th of October this year, we marked an early UN Day at Premier House with the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, John Key and the Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully.

UN Secretary-General's Message for 2013

Oct 20 2013

Dear friends,

United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress.

It is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world.

The fighting in Syria is our biggest security challenge.

Millions of people depend on UN humanitarian personnel for life-saving assistance.

UN experts are working hand-in-hand with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy Syria’s stockpiles.

UNANZ statement on the situation in Syria

Sep 11 2013


8 September 2013

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) is extremely concerned about the inability of states to resolve the current conflict in Syria. UNANZ recognizes that this is a complicated situation involving questions of internal security, allegations of the use of chemical weapons, the intervention of third parties, the impact of the veto power on the operation of the UN Security Council, and when and how to apply the “Right to Protect”.