Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand


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The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.

On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.

The Embassy of Sweden in Canberra is bringing the Swedish Dads photo exhibition to New Zealand in collaboration with Global Women NZ, Parents at Work and local partners. The Swedish Dads will be shown together with a collection of 13 photos of Kiwi Dads, showcasing the need for equal access to parental leave.

In collaboration with the Dutch Embassy, the NZIA Wellington Branch present ‘Why We Cycle’, a documentary that takes a ride with ordinary cyclists and specialists from a variety of disciplines. These conversations uncover some obvious, but even more hidden effects of cycling on people, on societies, and on the organisation of cities.

The screening of the film is followed by a panel discussion about cycling in the city. The intention is to hit the issue from a number of perspectives and talk over what potential there is in developing the cycling culture.

This year the Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand, along with several Member States will be participating in the Wellington South Coast - Spring Cleanup 2019. We will be at location 7 Site 7 is at the carpark at the bottom of Hungerford Road (hosted by the Wellington Underwater Club) and would love for you to join us and help keep our beaches clean! #EUBeachCleanUp

The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Auckland Branch presents a public address by H.E. Bernard Savage Ambassador of the European Union to New Zealand titled "Cooperation And Collaboration: What Multilateralism Really Means".

On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.

With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider.

As we mark the International Criminal Justice Day, the European Union reaffirms its longstanding support towards the international criminal justice system and in particular its unwavering commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as part of the EU's wider commitment to a rules-based international order.