Foreign

Alliance Party Foreign Policy: Global Peace and Justice

Preamble

New Zealanders proved to the world that we were prepared to take a stand against nuclear proliferation by declaring our land and our ports to be nuclear free. A small nation like New Zealand can play a positive part globally by promoting peaceful resolution of conflicts and the eradication of poverty, exploitation and injustice.

However, we cannot do it alone. We recognise that in this age of global communications and transnational capitalism, the battle for socialism and social justice cannot be confined within the borders of a single country.

The Alliance strives to forge close links with socialists, trade unionists and environmentalists across the world who share our goal of building a world where nations cooperate harmoniously to end poverty, starvation, disease, war, and the threat of environmental catastrophe.

We stand for the following policies:

  • Cooperation and solidarity among the peoples and nations of the world and the cancellation of all Third World debt.

  • Increased responsibility for international aid and development assistance to reach an internationally acceptable level. Self-help community programmes using non-governmental agencies’ expertise will also be supported.

  • Opposition to the free trade principles of organisations such as the World Trade Organsiation (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  • Opposition to agreements such as GATS (General Agreement on Trade and Services) that open up services such as the provision of water, electricity, transport and telecommunications to foreign ownership.

  • Supporting the rights of countries to insist that imported products meet appropriate environmental, health and labour standards and to protect their resources from exploitation.

  • Directing defence force capability to provide increased support for peacekeeping and medication – not war.