NZ to look out for the small guys during UN Security Council presidency

New Zealand will focus on challenges confronting small states as it heads the UN Security Council in New York this month.

New Zealand took its seat on the United Nations council for the first time in 21 years at the beginning of the year after a hard fought campaign against Turkey and Spain.

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand will use the presidency to draw attention to issues highlighted during the campaign for a place on the council.

"A particular focus will be the peace and security challenges confronting Small Island Developing States, including many of our Pacific neighbours," he said.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will be in the chair in New York.

New Zealand is six months into a two-year term on the Security Council, and will serve as President again in 2016 .