Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
MP for Mt Albert
20 September 2018
Prime Minister to promote global cooperation at UN Leaders’ Week
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.
The Prime Minister 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,” said Jacinda Ardern.
“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.
“For the past 70 years, the global rules-based system has supported our cultural and economic growth, and significantly
reduced the risk of conflict between states. It’s important countries do not turn their back on this system.
“Opening week of the General Assembly is the largest gathering of world leaders on the international calendar. It’s 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 neighbors are heard on the international stage.
“Climate change will be a key focus of my week. I will be delivering the keynote address at the opening of UN Climate
Week, speaking at the One Planet Summit hosted by the President of France and hosting the inaugural meeting of Carbon
Neutrality Alliance, along with the Marshall Islands. Each will provide opportunities to highlight New Zealand’s
significant climate change policy agenda and work alongside the Pacific as a global climate leader.
“I will also be making the case for a fair rules based system for global trade. New Zealand relies on all countries
playing by the book and wants to see the benefits of trade shared evenly. I’ll 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.
“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.”
Jacinda Ardern will deliver New Zealand’s statement in the United Nations General Debate on 27 September.
Itinerary highlights (New York Time)
Sunday 23 September
Keynote address at the 9th annual Social Good Summit
Meeting with UN Secretary General, António Guterres
New Zealand Business Networking Event
Monday 24 September
Appearance on The Today Show
Keynote speech at opening of Climate Week 2018
Statement at Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Opening Plenary
Attend President Trump’s Annual Reception for Heads of Delegation
Tuesday 25 September
Interview with Christiane Amanpour
Attend opening of UNGA General Debate
Meeting with Anne Hathaway, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
Wednesday 26 September
Participate in panel discussion on trade at Bloomberg Global Business Forum
Keynote address at President Macron’s Global Planet Summit 2.0
Appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Attend European Union Reception
Thursday 27 September
Speak at 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’
Deliver national statement in the UN General Assembly