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Aotearoa New Zealand can be a responsible global citizen, working to promote peace, human rights, and environmental sustainability, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s foreign policy should promote peace and human rights

  • New Zealand law should ensure that our armed forces never engage in overseas military action without a UN sanction and the approval of Parliament.
  • Our human rights and peace advocacy work should focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand should support and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, leading by example by honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Counter-terrorism should focus on solving underlying problems

  • Aotearoa New Zealand should work to address the “root cause” legitimate economic and social grievances felt by many groups which foster non-state terrorism.
  • Human rights should not be undermined in the name of counter-terrorism.
  • We should support peaceful realisation of the principle of self-determination.

Aotearoa New Zealand should work to ensure a sustainable global environment

  • We should pursue binding agreements to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to a scientifically-based safe level.
  • We should oppose all whaling and harvesting of endangered marine species while working to broaden the International Whaling Commission’s mandate to include dolphins.

Trade should be fair and environmentally sustainable

  • Trade agreements should contribute to national and global environmental goals, promote human rights and labour standards, support democracy, and uphold national sovereignty.

Global governance should be strengthened

  • Democracy should be encouraged, but there is no single “right” type of democracy.
  • The UN Security Council should be reformed to ensure good decision making. The reform process should investigate regional membership and changes to veto powers.
  • Enforcement of International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice decisions should be strengthened.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand should promote the “responsibility to protect” in cases of genocide or gross and systematic violations of human rights.



Latest Foreign Affairs Announcements


Pacific engagement must tackle climate change and avoid militarisation

Aotearoa must retain its independent foreign policy in the Pacific region, the Green Party says.
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Greens support resettlement for Ukrainian refugees

The Green Party urges the Government to offer to resettle and support Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russian violence and persecution.
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Greens call on Government to be a mediator for peace in Ukraine

“Our first thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and their families, as well as the political activists, journalists, human rights defenders and ...
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Transform arms export regime to strengthen human rights protections

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is calling on the Government to urgently introduce legislation to better regulate the export of military pr...
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NZ Government must do everything in its power to support peace in Afghanistan

Green Party Co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson strongly condemn the new surge in terror by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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Green Party tables motion to recognise Palestinian statehood

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has tabled a motion in the house to recognise and support the right of the Palestinian people to self-deter...
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