Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Mr President. The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is a good opportunity to reflect on the organisation. For most of us, the United Nations has been one of the key international realities of our lives. It has been at the heart of and has shaped the significant developments of the post-World War II era. But, as we all know, it is not perfect.
On 4 August 1965 the Cook Islands became self-governing in free association with New Zealand. Today marks the 50th anniversary of that important occasion which is another major milestone in our unique and long-standing relationship, spanning over 100 years. The visit to the Cook Islands by New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and his accompanying high-level delegation to celebrate this anniversary reflects the special nature of the relationship.