The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade acts in the world to make New Zealanders safer and more prosperous. We do this by building connections with and influencing other countries to advance New Zealand’s interests, project New Zealand values and secure the outcomes that matter to New Zealand. We pursue the Government’s international priorities and provide advice to the Government on the implications for New Zealand of what is happening in the world. 

Our work contributes to New Zealanders’ well-being in the following ways: 

  • Kaitiakitanga: Generations of New Zealanders benefit from sustainable solutions to global and regional challenges
  • Prosperity: New Zealanders have better job opportunities and incomes from trade, investment and other international connections
  • Security: New Zealanders are able to live, do business, travel and communicate more safely at home and offshore
  • Influence: New Zealanders have confidence their country can influence others on issues that matter for them now and in the future.

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Policy, legislation and its implementation
New Zealand commits to developing an updated development quality policy to inform development activities that will explicitly consider disability inclusion.  It will help us address discriminations and exclusions and assist in advancing the rights of people with disabilities.  We will employ a Senior Inclusion Adviser to support implementation. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: September /October 2018.

Theme: Eliminate Stigma and Discrimination
Year: 2018

Policy and guidance
New Zealand commits to undertaking a periodic review of all buildings and structures supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme for their consideration of and compliance with our standing policy on disability access to build structures.   

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: The first review would occur in 2019/20.

Theme: Harnessing Technology and Innovation
Year: 2018

New Zealand commits to working with NGO partners to develop a multi-year partnership to fulfil our World Humanitarian Summit commitments under the Charter for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. This will include building the capability of New Zealand humanitarian agencies to plan and deliver inclusive humanitarian action. 

Timeframe and/or implementation plan: Currently at the concept design phase, should be contracted by June 2019.

Theme: Conflict and Humanitarian Contexts
Year: 2018