Foreign Minister Murray McCully is on his way to New York to campaign for New Zealand to get a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
He is one of more than 120 world leaders who are gathering for the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
McCully will deliver a speech to the Assembly and says he will use the meeting to pick up more votes in support of New Zealand's bid for a seat in 2014.
He says he will also promote New Zealand as an independent and fair minded country.
New Yorkers living near the site face the annual increase in security checks and delays as the leaders meet at UN headquarters..