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Mission Statement

We have a passion for growing young people. We inspire global citizens.

UN Youth is a non-profit organisation that provides civics education outside the traditional classroom context. Through fun workshops, Model UN, and discussion groups, we engage secondary and tertiary students in the most pressing affairs of their country and the international community.

Our aim is to connect young people with others who care, and help them develop confidence in their own beliefs and abilities. UN Youth is a springboard to help youth go out into the world feeling empowered to make good change.

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Mission Statement

Throughout Aotearoa, our work equips young people to become informed, engaged, and critical New Zealanders who understand their global context and the connections between the local and the global. Our organisation provides young people with the necessary educational and social skills to excel. Annually, over 2000 New Zealanders from Northland to Southland attend a UN Youth event.

We are a registered charity run by young volunteers and form the youth branch of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ). As one of many UN Youth Associations around the world, we are part of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA).


Want to get involved in UN Youth New Zealand and become part of our team? You've come to the right place. We are constantly seeking talented, ambitious and motivated young people to help us do what we do even better!

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Support Teams Volunteer National
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National Design Team

UN Youth is looking for creative talents to join our National Design Team (NDT)! If you love digital arts, photography or videography, then you should be a part of UN Youth's NDT. Not only will you be working on our highly regarded brand image, you'll also be working with other creatives from all over the country. Share your skills, explore the possibilities - and have your works published! So what are you waiting for? Don't forget to check out our Application Info Pack.

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: applications@unyouth.org.nz

Pdf NDT_Application_Pack.pdf

Delegate/Participant High School International
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Pacific Project 2015

Applications for Pacific Project 2015 are now open!

If you are a New Zealand high school student who is looking for a way to make your 2015 unforgettable, then this is the opportunity for you! This July, Pacific Project is taking ten students first to Hobart for a week of high-quality debate, engaging workshops and awesome social events at the prestigious UN Youth Australia National Conference. Then it's straight on to Vanuatu for ten days of volunteering, learning and cultural exchange. 

Pacific Project will run from 3-21 July. Applications close on March 27th, so don't miss out on this trip of a lifetime!

For more information, check out the event page and download the application pack.

Any further questions can be sent to the 2015 Pacific Project Director Claire Black at claire.black@unyouth.org.nz

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: pacificproject.applications@unyouth.org.nz

Pdf Pacific_Projection_Application_2015_.pdf

Elected Officers Volunteer Dunedin
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Otago Region Special General Meeting

The Otago Region of UN Youth NZ will be holding a Special General Meeting on the 9th of March at 6.00pm at the Hunter Centre. Our main business item for the SGM is the election of a new Secretary, Vice-President of High Schools and President. If you'd like to nominate yourself for the election, please send a nomination to Returning Officer Bhen Goodsir (applications@unyouth.org.nz)

Nominations must include: - Name - Email address - Any existing Volunteer positions in UN Youth - Name of a member of UN Youth supporting the nomination - A blurb of 300 words of less outlining a statement of intent. For more information about the positions available, see the document attached. Nominations close Monday the 2nd March.

Proxy voting for the SGM will be available after nominations have closed.

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: applications@unyouth.org.nz

Pdf SGM_Postitions.pdf

Ambassadors High School Dunedin
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Otago Region High School Ambassadors

Otago High School Ambassador 2015 Applications are now open! 

If you are a high school student in Otago, Southland or Central Otago this is an opportunity for you! Being a high school ambassador gives you the chance to be the representative of UN Youth New Zealand at your school. This involves organising events, getting schoolmates involved, and working with Otago volunteers around event planning/strategising. Ambassadors will gain many skills from this experience, such as working in a team, event management, working in a youth led organisation, collaborating with other organisations and many more. 

Applications and any questions can be sent to Bokyong Mun, the Otago Vice-President for High Schools at bokyong.mun@unyouth.org.nz by 11.59pm, Sunday 1st March.


SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: bokyong.mun@unyouth.org.nz

Pdf Otago_High_School_Ambassadors_Application_2015.pdf

Delegate/Participant High School Dunedin
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Otago-Southland Model United Nations

Otago-Southland Model UN is UN Youth Otago’s flagship event for high schoolers. This event brings together students from all over Otago and Southland, to assume the role of international diplomats, and discuss some of the world’s most important international issues.

The theme for this year is "UN+Completed: The Millennium Development Goals". During the conference delegates will be forced to consider how much the UN has achieved with the previous development goals and how the UN refocuses their time and resources moving forward.

Topics vary from sustainable development and climate change, to healthcare and reduction of economic inequalities, and the weekend will be full of amazing guest speakers, inspirational workshops and much more!

You can register here; http://civi.unyouth.org.nz/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=14

Any questions email the Registrations Officer Bokyong Mun at bokyong.mun@unyouth.org.nz

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: bokyong.mun@unyouth.org.nz