Youth Declaration is a four day national conference for secondary school students. It gives young leaders the opportunity to voice their opinions and contribute to public policy making in New Zealand. Through mutual dialogue, participants will be driven to examine their own beliefs while developing a respect for differing points of view.
Within the conference program there will be expert speakers, educational workshops, an outreach program, and focus groups led by trained facilitators.
Our goals are to provide a unique extracurricular experience. Students will develop key competencies of thinking, relating to others and participating, in an intense and interactive way. They will learn about a range of issues in New Zealand and gain hands-on experience within the community. The Final Declaration serves to show that today's youth are engaged and insightful individuals, capable of articulating solutions for a better future.
You can read the Youth Declaration above or click here to view in a new window.
At the Closing Ceremony of Youth Declaration 2013, Minister of Youth Affairs Nikki Kaye undertook to provide a full response to the statements and recommendations contained in the Declaration drafted by the rangatahi youth who attended the conference. The Minister's response is now available for download at the bottom of this page.
UN Youth New Zealand is very grateful for the Minister's consideration and commitment to youth empowerment, and we hope all young people and decision-makers across the country will consider the Declaration, the Minister's response and how public policy in this country can be advanced with youth input!
The Youth Declaration 2012 video
If you have any questions regarding the 2013 Youth Declaration, please get in touch with Jason Armishaw at email@example.com
For details regarding the 2014 Youth Declaration feel free to direct specific queries to the relevant committee member below
Coordinator – Tesree Appanna (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Coordinator – Jenny Sahng (email@example.com)
Communications Officer – Alex Gilmour (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Education Officer – Victoria Rea (email@example.com)
Logistics Officer – Brittany Rea (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Registrations Officer - Bhenjamin Goodsir (email@example.com)
Promotions Officer - Kiwa Huata (firstname.lastname@example.org)