I can't for the life of me see that by being permissive you actually assist anyone.
Peace is a fragile thing. It takes courage to secure it. It takes wisdom to maintain it.
NGOs have a significant role to play, alongside governments, in improving the status of women.
New Zealand's taken some very significant decisions in relation to defence in the last two years.
Equality and development will not be achieved however if peace is not understood from women's' point of view.
The world has been gradually reducing its nuclear arsenals. Testing must stop so that progress on the destruction of nuclear weapons may begin.
The government's position was that we have frigates that have got a useful life until 2006. There is no necessity for us to make final decisions until 2002.
By and large, women in New Zealand are fortunate compared with some other countries, including many in our own region. But there is still progress to be made.
It is important to remember that the Pacific Ocean covers a quarter of the world's surface and that each Pacific country has its own cultural, historical and ethnic identity.
The Platform for Action gives due emphasis to the fact that women globally have continued to have insufficient access to the resources necessary to achieve economic independence.