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Weekly Review No. 204 - Civic Reception to Prime Minister Peter Fraser

Short Film (Excerpts) – 1945

Every one of our countries are sovereign states and the more independent we are the more we realise we are interdependent...
– Prime Minister Peter Fraser sounds the call for a postwar global understanding
[Peter] Fraser felt so strongly about the need for an organisation that promoted peace in the world that he led the New Zealand mission to the founding meeting in San Francisco himself. He was forward thinking: even back then he argued vigorously against the veto for the five big member states. How prescient his concerns have turned out to be. In the decades since, the veto has been used to serve the interests of a few, powerful countries often at the expense of peace for many others ... New Zealand governments, irrespective of persuasion, have carried forward Peter Fraser’s vision of a more inclusive and active Security Council.
– Former Labour leader David Shearer on Peter Fraser's involvement in founding the United Nations, NZ Labour Party website, 24 June 2016