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New Zealand’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (16 January 2019) – New Zealand’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Monday, 21 January 2019 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

New Zealand is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 21 January to 1 February. New Zealand’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2009 and January 2014, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of New Zealand on 21 January can be found here.

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Monday, 21 January (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

UN Women’s Rights Experts Issue Findings On Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan

GENEVA (23 July 2018) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has published its findings on the countries it examined during its session from 2 to 20 July in Geneva: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine, and Turkmenistan.

The findings cover how the respective State is doing with regard to women’s rights, detailing positive developments, main areas of concern, and recommendations for action. The findings, officially known as concluding observations, can be found here.

The Committee will next meet from 22 October to 9 November 2018 in Geneva to review The Bahamas, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, the Republic of the Congo, Samoa, Tajikistan, and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. More information can be found here.


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UN Committee to Review New Zealand’s Record on Children’s rights

GENEVA (7 September 2016) – Children’s rights in New Zealand will be reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 15 and 16 September in sessions that will be webcast live. New Zealand is one of the 196 States that have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 independent experts.

In addition, members will examine New Zealand’s implementation of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC).

Among the possible issues to be raised during the discussion between the Committee and a delegation from the New Zealand government are:

    • Recent creation of the Ministry for vulnerable children;
    • Continuing absence of a child rights impact assessment on budget allocations and other policy measures, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the allocation of social benefits;
    • Increased occurrence of child marriages, in particular among girls;
    • Persistent discrimination against Maori and Pasifika children in particular in accessing education and health services, living in poverty and sub-standard accommodation and being subjected to juvenile justice;
    • High levels of child abuse and neglect, including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and measures to promote accountability and provide assistance to child victims;
    • Unsettling high levels of children living in poverty and in poor quality housing;
    • Use by Courts of Military Activity Camps as an alternative to juvenile detention;
    • Implementation of the Optional Protocol on Children and Armed Conflict.

Australian commitment to UN joint programme for Pacific mother, child and adolescent health kicks off investment in Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Three Pacific Island countries using integrated approaches to health delivery for women, new-borns, children and adolescents will benefit from a nearly AU$7 million UN Joint Programme announced in New York as part of a meeting of Pacific Foreign Ministers. Continue reading

Issues Facing Small Island Developing States ‘Global Challenges’ Demanding Collective Responsibility

Cyclone Pam aftermathTransnational crime, illicit exploitation of resources, climate change, natural disasters and other factors that threatened small island developing States must be addressed globally and in the context of international stability, speakers today stressed in an all-day open debate in the Security Council. “The issues facing small island developing States are global challenges.  Continue reading

Security Council Fails to Adopt Resolution on Tribunal for Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine, Amid Calls for Accountability, Justice for Victims

Security Council meets on MH17 tribunalThe Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution that would have established an international tribunal for the purpose of prosecuting persons responsible for crimes connected with the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, following use of the veto by the Russian Federation, a permanent member. Continue reading

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2015

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UNICEF Partners the All Blacks visit Samoan children ahead of momentous game

UNICEF partners All Blacks rugby teamUNICEF International partners, the All Blacks, today took time out before their historic game against Manu Samoa in Apia to meet and play with local Samoan children. Liam Messam, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Seta Tamanivalu and Tom Taylor ran drills based on UNICEF’s sport for development programme, Just Play, and took part in a fruit kebab making Continue reading

New Zealand takes Presidency of the Security Council in July

Security Council President for July New Zealand 637416Debates on the Middle East and security challenges in small island developing States would be the highlights of the New Zealand presidency of the Security Council in July, a month that would also see several briefings and mandate renewals. “It will be a very challenging month because there are a number of serious issues before the Council,”
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