Shearer on UN Security Council bid

January 7th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

writes at Stuff:

I recently travelled to New York to help with our bid for a seat on the in 2015 and 2016. I met with close to 30 ambassadors as well as people I knew from my international work before entering Parliament. I did so at the request of Foreign Minister Murray McCully because our bid is a bipartisan one.

National and Labour are working together because winning a council seat is in New Zealand’s best interests.

Great to see.

It’s in our interests because we have a responsibility to contribute to the peace of mankind. And when it comes to preventing or resolving conflict, no more important body exists.

It’s in our interests to ensure regional security exists so that we can safely engage with the rest of the world. A seat on the council gives us ongoing contact with the world’s most powerful actors and economies.

And it’s a stage upon which New Zealand can showcase that we’re not just clean and green, but clean, green, honest and influential.

I believe having New Zealand on the council is also important to the UN.

New Zealand’s connection with the UN goes back to its very beginning when the first Labour Government signed us up as a founding member in 1945.

The views of the five powerful permanent members must be balanced by other members of the world community.

The Pacific is increasingly important in the Asian century. Our geography sees us as an important bridge between the US and China and so our views carry significant weight.

We’re not the puppet of any master: we are independent and honest.

And we have experience in resolving conflict, including leading from the front in brokering the end to civil war in Bougainville.

Which was primarily done by Wairarapa MP John Hayes, when he worked at MFAT.

I remember very clearly last time New Zealand was on the UN Security Council. It was 1993-1994 and I was working in Rwanda as head of Save the Children, reuniting 3000 children with surviving family members after the genocide.

In the Security Council, New Zealand took the most forceful stand against the unfolding genocide than any other country.

This time around, we are competing with Turkey and Spain for two available spots. They have large followings in the Muslim and Spanish speaking worlds respectively.

Our greatest asset is our reputation.

I think Turkey is probably a slam dunk for one of the spots. So effectively it is between us and Spain at the moment. They do start with a significant pool of support but their economy is in the crap which weakens them.

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12 Responses to “Shearer on UN Security Council bid”

  1. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Did Captain Mumblefuck Shearer take advantage of the junket to get instructions from comrade Clark?

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  2. kowtow (7,844 comments) says:

    Complete waste of taxpayers’ money!

    The Security Council can’t do shit. Congo ,5 million dead.Somalia failed state….

    The entire Middle East is in turmoil with refugees pouring into Europe.

    Turkey is a blatant abuser of human rights and Spain has no regard for law or domestic or interbational.It is so corrupt that they pull down UK peoples’s homes .

    Fuck em and save our money.

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  3. Tautaioleua (291 comments) says:

    There’s a lot going on in Turkey right now. Corruption, rumours of coups, army officers with questionable loyalties…

    How could you give them a seat on the Security Council?

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  4. kowtow (7,844 comments) says:

    How could you give Turkey a seat on the Security Council?

    Anymore than the oh so democratic,constitutional and great respecter of universal human rights and liberties ,Saudi Fucken Arabia?

    The UN in its current format is an expensive farce.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/18/saudi-arabia-rejectsunsecuritycouncilseat.html

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  5. flash2846 (197 comments) says:

    David Shearer never misses an opportunity to boast about how he helped save the poor overseas. It’s like saying “I have honour” That is for others to say about you isn’t it? I used to like him but I am not so sure now.

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  6. Nostradamus (3,077 comments) says:

    David Shearer writes:

    I remember very clearly last time New Zealand was on the UN Security Council. It was 1993-1994 and I was working in Rwanda as head of Save the Children, reuniting 3000 children with surviving family members after the genocide.

    In the Security Council, New Zealand took the most forceful stand against the unfolding genocide than any other country.

    I see. So what exactly did “the most forceful stand against the unfolding genocide” actually amount to?

    Flash2846:

    David Shearer never misses an opportunity to boast about how he helped save the poor overseas. It’s like saying “I have honour” That is for others to say about you isn’t it? I used to like him but I am not so sure now.

    Forget about David Shearer for a moment. I take it you haven’t seen David Cunliffe’s CV? He actually helped with the formation of the UN Security Council you know!

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  7. Jack5 (4,745 comments) says:

    Let the Spaniards have it. The post is useless to NZ except for politicians’ egos and MFAT careerists’ ambitions. Focus on trade, and diversifying from our dependence on one product, milk powder, and one customer for it, China.

    As for Shearer’s:

    And it’s a stage upon which New Zealand can showcase that we’re not just clean and green, but clean, green, honest and influential….

    What bullshit. The guy should be in a PR firm.

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  8. MH (668 comments) says:

    it is after all the un-security council, the only ones making money out of the world’s suffering is the Fijian Army a racist regime under Bainimarama who is rewarded by the UN giving his troops jobs as pseudo mercenaries. At least they have some degree of training c.f those other muslim troops used in central Africa pretending to do something-not to forget Dutch conscripted troops in Bosnia in Srebrenica 20yrs ago who only last year were found to be responsible for the deaths of 3 muslim men that they “allowed” to be taken out of the safe area the Dutch held-by their own supreme court. This led to upwards of 8,000 mussies ho were executed by Mladic and co. Nah,it aint worth the effort unless someone is keen to use those stockpiled LAVs we have.

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  9. johnbc (15 comments) says:

    Shearer is almost certainly sounding out UN job possibilities while he is with Auntie H. $US1/2 a mill tax free at the great UN trough full time sure beats being at silent T’s beck and call.

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  10. rouppe (932 comments) says:

    Two years is about long enough to decide what brand of tea to use at meetings.

    What did we actually ACHIEVE the last time?

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  11. scrubone (3,074 comments) says:

    Our greatest asset is our reputation.

    It’s also a liability. People resent you when you punch above your weight, pushing policies that they consider detrimental to society.

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  12. tvb (4,229 comments) says:

    NZ is a bystander. It has no real capacity to do anything. It is essentially the role of a rooster taking credit for the dawn if anything worthwhile happens on the security council. It will go to Spain. Australia has trumped our chances for now.

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