International engagement

New Zealand actively upholds the rules-based international system through its support and participation in institutions and arrangements that reinforce global stability. This includes participation in a number of international multilateral and regional security institutions that reinforce international norms and promote dialogue between states.

Traditionally, New Zealand has been a member of the United Nations and has a long history of contributing to a range of United Nations peacekeeping operations. We are also a partner of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). More recently, through our deployment to the building partner capacity mission in Iraq, New Zealand has become a member of the international coalition to counter Daesh.

In the peacekeeping space, the Ministry of Defence liaises closely with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on our joint engagement with the Asia-Pacific Association of Peace Operations Training Centres (AAPTC) and its overarching body, the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres.      

Regionally, New Zealand is an active participant in Asia-Pacific security architecture and is a member of the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus).

The newest addition to the regional security architecture is the South Pacific Defence Ministers’ Meeting.