Prime Minister to promote global cooperation at UN Leaders’ Week
Wellington, September 20, 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will make the case for global cooperation on combating climate change and inequality, supporting the rights of women and children and promoting fair global trading rules when she joins leaders from around the world at the United National General Assembly in New York next week.
Ms Ardern will be promoting multilateralism and New Zealand’s interests at a wide range of speaking engagements, bilateral meetings, and media appearances.
“No country can fix a global problem on their own, we are all connected. Every person both benefits from and relies on global cooperation to address the challenges, big and small, facing our world. My key message for the week is the need for us to recommit to global rules and enhance our multilateral systems to better address challenges such as climate change, trade and the protection of human rights,” she said.
Ms Ardern said that for the past 70 years, the global rules-based system has supported cultural and economic growth, significantly reducing the risk of conflict between countries. important countries do not turn their back on this system.
“The Opening week of the General Assembly has the largest gathering of world leaders on the international calendar. It is a chance to advance New Zealand’s interests on the world stage, reconnect with partners and forge new alliances. During the week, I will be seeking to build support for collective action – our best hope to address the global challenges we face – and ensure the views of New Zealand and our Pacific neighbours are heard on the international stage,” she said.
Ms Ardern said that Climate Change will be a key focus of her week in New York.
As well as delivering the keynote address at the opening of UN Climate Week, she will be speaking at the One Planet Summit hosted by the President of France.
She will host the inaugural meeting of Carbon Neutrality Alliance along with the Marshall Islands.
She said that each of these will provide opportunities to highlight New Zealand’s significant climate change policy agenda and work alongside the Pacific as a global climate leader.
Fair Rules for all
Ms Ardern said that she will be making a case for a fair rules based system for global trade since New Zealand relies on all countries playing by the book and wants to see the benefits of trade shared evenly.
“I will be speaking on our progressive trade agenda at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and taking opportunities to speak to European Union leaders to assess progress on our free trade talks. During the week, I will engage in a range of bilateral discussions with fellow leaders and representatives including the UN Secretary General António Guterres, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H Fore and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway to advance issues around women and children and sustainable development,” she said.
“Promoting New Zealand on the world stage is a key role of every Prime Minister. I will be appearing on the ‘Today Show,’ undertaking a long form interview with Christiane Amanpour and sitting on the couch on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about our country to a combined television audience of over 7 million people,” Ms Ardern said.
Jacinda Ardern will deliver New Zealand’s statement in the United Nations General Debate on 27 September.
Itinerary highlights (New York Time)
Sunday, September 23, 2018
Keynote address at the Ninth Annual Social Good Summit
Meeting with UN Secretary General, António Guterres
New Zealand Business Networking Event
Monday, September 24, 2018
Appearance on ‘The Today Show’
Keynote speech at opening of Climate Week 2018
Statement at Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Opening Plenary
Attending President Donald Trump’s Annual Reception for Heads of Delegation
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Interview with Christiane Amanpour
Attending the opening of UNGA General Debate
Meeting with Anne Hathaway, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Participate in panel discussion on trade at Bloomberg Global Business Forum
Keynote address at President Macron’s Global Planet Summit 2.0
Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Attending European Union Reception
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Speaking at the Third UN High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
Keynote speech at International Conference on Sustainable Development World Leaders Forum
Inaugural Meeting of the Carbon Neutrality Coalition – convened by New Zealand
Panel discussion with Julia Gillard at New York Times ‘New Rules Summit: Women, Leadership, and a Playbook for Change’
Delivering National Statement in the UN General Assembly