The Government of New Zealand launched its first NAP in October 14, 2015. The NAP was created to establish a framework, strategies, and actions for coordinated implementation of UNSCR 1325. The New Zealand National Action Plan for implementation of Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security has been developed in line with the four fundamental objectives identified by the United Nations Secretary General of: (1) Prevention; (2) Participation; (3) Protection; and (4) Peacebuilding, Relief and Recovery. Various priorities and indicators for measuring progress within fragile, conflict and post-conflict situations have also been taken into account. The development of the NAP was led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in coordination with New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand Police and Ministry for Women.
New Zealand has no recent history of armed conflict and does not face any external threats. As such, the New Zealand NAP has a primarily external focus, and is aimed at improving international deployment rates of senior staff within the New Zealand Defense Force and New Zealand Police to increase the numbers of women at decision-making levels in peacekeeping and assistance missions. Through its Aid Programme, New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade aims to support sustainable development in developing countries, in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. New Zealand has programmes in a number of conflict affected countries that feature in its National Action Plan, including Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.