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"...New Zealand, he said, is determined to make a positive contribution, and, in particular, to represent the perspective of small States on the council. We agree, but such a contribution will need an aspirational world view of a kind that I doubt the Prime Minister can even appreciate just yet..."
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NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council

New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said today.

New Zealand has just been elected to one of the Security Council seats for the period 2015-16, winning 145 votes, well above what was needed.

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Kennedy Graham's speech on the Government motion on the situation in Gaza

Israel justifies its actions in Gaza in the name of self-defence. The inherent right of self-defence, sanctioned in international law for several centuries now, does not justify what Israel is currently doing in Gaza. Most jurists around the world are describing the Israeli actions as an excessive use of force and a violation of humanitarian law.
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NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza

The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.
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Ukraine crisis big test for 21st Century diplomacy

By New Zealand Greens MP Kennedy Graham

We have an old-fashioned crisis on our hands regarding events in the Ukraine.  It is a test of 21st-century diplomacy whether it can be resolved peacefully and with political foresight.

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21世紀外交考驗-烏克蘭危機

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A global climate policy – thoughts for Xmas

by Kennedy Graham

These past five weeks, I have visited Europe studying climate policy.  I attended the UN’s 19th climate conference, UNFCCC COP-19, in Warsaw.  After Poland, I visited Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom and European Union (Brussels).  And I retraced my UN steps to the Middle East (Jordan) and spoke with leaders there as well.

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Global climate policy – ‘Acknowledging’ & ‘Declaring’ – what’s the difference?

by Kennedy Graham

Acknowledging and declaring are different things.  And that is the underlying explanation for our problematic climate future.

The question is, does a crisis exist?  A crisis is defined as

“a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point’ or

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