UN Youth New Zealand

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UN Youth New Zealand 2017 National Executive
UN Youth New Zealand 2017 National Executive

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Name

UN Youth New Zealand (UN Youth Association of New Zealand)

UNA

UN Association of New Zealand (UNA-NZ)

Objective

To inspire global citizens through promoting the values of the United Nations; educating young people about global affairs and civics; and
providing young people with opportunities for personal and professional development.

Structure

UN Youth is a national organisation. It is led by the National President, supported by a team of six Executive Officers with various portfolios (Communications, Education, Finance, Operations, Relations, Volunteers), making up the National Executive. The National Executive provides strategic direction and oversight to all aspects of the organisation, as well as manages the day-to-day administration. Furthermore, the National Executive appoints national event and international event organising committees.

The organisation also consists of four Regions, which are overseen by Regional Councils – Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, and Otago. They are responsible for running regional events and outreach programmes (Model UN events outside of the urban centres). Regional event committees are appointed by Regional Councils.

Major policies and decisions are discussed by National Council, which is a representative body comprised of the organisation’s volunteers. National Council typically meets four times a year and there are seven voting blocs represented by the National Executive (President and Executive Officers), each of the four Regional Presidents, National Event Coordinators, and International Event Directors. Almost every other volunteer in the organisation is aligned to one of the seven blocs and contribute to the discussion and decision-making in this way.

Current Projects

National Events

  • New Zealand Model UN: The premier Model UN event in New Zealand for high school students, featuring four days of debates, expert speakers, and a ball.
  • Aotearoa Youth Declaration:The flagship civics education event for high school students, where a 'Youth Declaration' document is prepared which represents youth perspectives on pressing national issues.
  • Diplomacy Competition:A free online Model UN initiative for high school students that runs throughout the year.

International Events

  • Global Development Tour: A study tour to Europe and the US for high school students that explores international diplomacy and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • US Leadership Tour:A study tour where tertiary students meet prestigious world players in international relations in the US and compete in Harvard National Model United Nations.
  • Pacific Project:A tour in two parts for high school students that involves attending UN Youth Australia's National Conference and a cultural exchange in the Pacific Islands.
  • Evatt Competition:Two pairs of high school students selected to compete in the National Finals of UN Youth Australia’s Evatt Competition, which is a simulation of the UN Security Council.

Strengths

  • Education – UN Youth prides itself on the high quality of its educational content and the diversity of its educational offerings.
  • Participation – Over 3,000 young people participate in UN Youth’s events and initiatives every year.
  • Volunteers – The organisation relies on a dedicated and extensive network of 150 volunteers to deliver its programmes.
  • Development – Both participating at and volunteering for UN Youth events and initiatives are great development opportunities for young people, educating them about the world and training them in a variety of useful skills.
  • Communications – UN Youth has a very strong brand and does significant marketing through online channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and through their website.
  • Relations – Many UN Youth events receive significant financial and non-financial support from various external organisations that they have strong relationships with.

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