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UN chief in NZ for climate change discussions

IANS  |  Wellington 

UN Antonio arrived in New Zealand's city of on Sunday for a three-day visit with a focus on climate change.

is visiting for the first time in his role as UN He previously visited the country as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

was expected to meet the UN later in the day.

will visit both and Christchurch, including making a keynote speech at the University of Technology on Monday, reported.

The Secretary-General's visit is the first leg of his tour to the Pacific region to see how climate change is impacting the region.

On Wednesday, the government submitted to the Parliament the Zero Carbon Bill which outlines the country's plan over the next 30 years on climate change and aims to reduce greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.

Ardern said she was "looking forward to welcoming Guterres to and discussing the issues that matter most to us and our region".

"The UN is the forum where we collectively address the global challenges we face, including climate change and international security," she said.

New Zealand strongly supports the role of the UN in upholding the international rules-based system and ensuring all voices are able to be heard, Ardern added.

Guterres will take part in a climate change and agriculture event in on Tuesday as well as pay tribute to the victims of the March 15 terrorist attack which claimed 50 lives.



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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 13:36 IST