NZ makes last bid for UN Security Council seat ahead of vote

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will today put forward New Zealand's case for a UN Security Council seat at the General Assembly in New York.

A special delegation including Mr McCully and Labour's Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer has travelled to the US as part of a campaign to secure New Zealand a non-permanent seat on the council.

It's the last chance for Mr McCully to formally push our candidacy ahead of the vote next month.

There are two places up for grabs but New Zealand is competing with Spain and Turkey who are both better resourced and have taken part in many more peace-keeping missions.

Mr McCully has been campaigning heavily in several countries over the past months and has been meeting with representatives from several different countries in recent weeks to try and garner support.

All 193 member countries of the UN get to vote and New Zealand needs around 130 of those votes to secure a seat.

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