Murray McCully has delivered his pitch for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, calling New Zealand an energetic candidate.
He's given a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York, speaking mostly about New Zealand's role in the Pacific.
But he's lashed out at the Security Council itself, for its lack of action on Syria.
Mr McCully said it would be difficult to overstate the frustration of New Zealanders over the inability of the Security Council to act.
He went on to say the Security Council is at risk of losing its credibility.
Mr McCully asked if 25,000 deaths, countless thousands injured, and many more thousands displaced and homeless, is not enough to get the Security Council to act, then what does it take?
Photo: Murray McCully (Getty Images)