The Secretariat

This page has details on the leadership of the Christchurch Call, information for groups interested in supporting the Call, and contact details.

The Christchurch Call is jointly led by the Governments of France and Aotearoa New Zealand. We work together to further the goals of the Christchurch Call in a way that is consistent with underlying commitments to protect human rights and with our stakeholders across mutiple sectors.

Paul Ash is the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Cyber and Digital in Aotearoa New Zealand. He leads the Christchurch Call team based in Aotearoa New Zealand, made up of representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Henri Verdier is the Ambassador for Digital Affairs in France. He works with his team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and colleagues in the Elysée.  

The Secretariat works closely with civil society representatives, government officials, partner organisations and online service providers across the Call Community, reflecting a commitment to the Call’s multistakeholder approach.

The Secretariat also supports and acts as a contact point for requests relating to the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the Christchurch Call, Rt Hon Dame Jacinda Ardern. Special Envoy Ardern serves as New Zealand’s senior representative on the Christchurch Call, acting on behalf of the Prime Minister and working closely with France as co-leaders of the Christchurch Call. See more information about this role.

How to join the Christchurch Call Community

The Call Community welcomes expressions of support and assistance. 

See more guidance on the expectations and process for organisations interested in joining the Christchurch Call.  

How to contact us

  • For general inquiries, including requests relating to the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the Christchurch Call, Rt Hon Dame Jacinda Ardern, please contact:
  • For media inquiries please contact: (English)