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New Zealand has welcomed a report by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan calling for decisive and bold reform of the UN.

"As the United Nations approaches its 60th anniversary, now is the time to work towards a new vision for the United Nations," New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff said in a statement Tuesday.

"We strongly endorse the linkage made by Kofi Annan that security requires development; development in turn relies on security, and that human rights are fundamental to both," Goff said.

He said Annan's report provided the necessary strong direction to give momentum to the reform process. It strikes a balance in focusing on changes that are both vital and achievable.

"Importantly for New Zealand, the Secretary General's report includes our key priorities. To achieve security and end conflict, New Zealand has long promoted the need acknowledged in the report for both disarmament and non-proliferation, and proposals to prevent nuclear energy capacity being used to create nuclear weapons," the foreign minister said.

"New Zealand supports 'the Responsibility to Protect', which sets out clearly that the need for collective action against genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.r
He said New Zealand welcome the Secretary-General's strong personal views on the need to replace the Commission on Human Rights with a body which will be more respected and effective

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