Resorting to conflict over global resource-scarcity
issues would amount to a policy ''failure'', chief executive
and secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Allen said
Mr Allen was commenting during the opening address at the
University of Otago's 49th annual Foreign Policy School.
The latest three-day gathering is focusing on the theme of
''Global Resource Scarcity: Catalyst for Conflict or
Collaboration?''New Zealand had a proud heritage of working
collaboratively with other nations, which also partly
reflected the reality of being a small country, Mr Allen
Conflict, with its associated ''destruction'', was ''just not
worth considering'' when it came to dealing with resource
During a witty and wide-ranging address, Mr Allen said it was
sometimes suggested that conflict was more likely to break
out as global resources came under growing pressure.
But it was notable that long-standing international treaties
involving both the Arctic and the Antarctic had continued to
be respected and the nations involved continued to maintain a
collaborative approach, he said.
New Zealand continued to interact effectively with other
nations through taking a ''listening'' approach, rather than
simply trying to shout out its views ''from the rooftops''.
''I'm hugely confident about this country and its future.''
New Zealand remained committed to the United Nations and
collaborative approaches and was able to raise issues and
''build a constituency'' in support of its ideas.
Mr Allen explained that he, rather than Foreign Affairs
Minister Murray McCully, was giving the opening address
because Mr McCully had been involved in a demanding series of
visits to several European countries, as that ministerial