Thank you so much for a wonderful year serving as National President of UN Youth. I have learnt so much over the last 12 months, and have both begun and cemented friendships with officeholders and members. I feel a real sense of belonging in UN Youth. And I hope that you too, have developed strong friendships with people you've met through this organisation. I'm grateful especially to members of the National Executive - Ollie, Chloe, Victoria, Brooke and Chris - for their hard work.
I wish Anton and the members of his National Executive all the best for a successful year ahead. They have taken the reins with enthusiasm and confidence and I'm very excited to see the great work they will do in the coming year.
With deep gratitude,
It's that time of year again: many of you have just left Wellington for NZ Model UN 2012, one of UN Youth's three national events. With a quick sprint to the Beehive, community outreach, amazing presenters, delicious dinners, a BALL, and best of all, a little heated negotiation and constructive debate, it was an epic conference! Get amongst, and if you're new to UN Youth, don't be a stranger - come up and say 'HEY'!
For those of you who were unable to make it to Wellington, there's so much more going on in your regions so don't be shy and get in touch with us for more info! Or scout out our website, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
I'm thrilled to be getting the chance to lead this incredible organisation and to work with all of you inspirational young people. UN Youth is your organisation and we want to make sure we're continuing to offer you unique and exciting opportunities, and if you have any feedback or ideas don't hesitate to get in touch - we're just a tweet, wall post, email or call away!
Photo: Delegates for the United States of America at the Auckland Universities Model UN
The Auckland Region has started off with a bang this year. Crisis Model UN and Universities Model UN was a chance for high school and university students alike to play Model UN games. Universities Model UN started with an insightful talk from the Mayor Len Brown, continued with raging debates about everything from gender equality through to mining, and was topped off by a social dinner. Delegates at Crisis Model UN dealt with a developing security crisis quickly and competently!
Photo: Delegates caucusing at the Auckland Crisis Model UN earlier this year
Model UN Training provided an opportunity for beginner and advanced Model UN lovers (and everyone in between) to improve their negotiation and public speaking skills.
On June 9th, UN Youth celebrated the Auckland city becoming a peaceful, nuclear-free city alongside a range of other NGO organisations. Participants enjoyed a great atmosphere, including bagpipes and a dragon dance. What's a celebration without a dragon?
Coming up in the Auckland region is a pub quiz, South Model UN, and various workshops. If you are at university, come and visit the UN Youth stall during Orientation Week. Keep an eye out in the Auckland newsletter for more events and more opportunities!
Auckland Regional President
So far this year in Wellington we have already held a Universities Model Security Council, Heretaunga Model UN and a Wellington Alumni Dinner, but the second half of the year is set to be peak UN Youth season in this region.
Photo: from the Wellington Universities Model Security Council held in May 2012
Not only does the Region have NZ Model UN, Wellington High Schools Model Security Council, Wellington Crisis Model UN AND Porirua Youth Declaration to look forward to, but the Regional Council is also hard at work brainstorming and organizing other ideas. Look forward to new events such as a fortnightly Model UN programme, International Courts of Justice and a number of Model UN in the classroom events. We were told that you have an insatiable appetite for all things UN Youth NZ, and the Wellington Region is doing everything it can to quench that thirst - but can you ever have enough UN Youth NZ? We certainly don't think so, and we're doing our best to make sure that the UN Youth goodness just, keeps, coming!
If you're a Model UN regular, then Wellington is the place to be. Keep an eye out for all these fantastic events coming soon, and get ready to get your Model UN on!
Wellington Regional President
The Canterbury Region held a successful New Zealand Model UN training afternoon which was attended by many delegates who have been selected to attend the upcoming New Zealand Model United Nations in Wellington. Students were challenged to name as many countries of the world as they could and were hit by cupid's arrow in a round of speed dating to meet the other delegates. We discussed what to expect from the conference and also provided strategies for students to use regarding research and thought processes around the conference theme of inequality.
Photo: Delegates "speed dating" at NZ Model UN Training Session
Following this, we held The Hague International Model UN (THIMUN) information session for delegates to gain further insight into the trip and to provide an open forum for students and parents to ask questions about the trip and the application process. We would like to thank Kirsty and Sarah from The Hague International Model UN staff for travelling down to Christchurch to host this meeting.
Photo: At an information session
We held our first Canterbury Regional Alumni dinner in June which was well attended. Approximately forty members and alumni were there, giving us an informal way to connect with members and to let them know what the Regional Council has been working on this year. We hope to be able to entice more alumni to attend these events, so if you are based in Christchurch and have been involved with UN Youth, please email email@example.com to be added to our email list.
Photo: At the Canterbury Regional Dinner
Registrations are still open for the Canterbury Model European Union Conference which is being held on 2 August 2012. If you are a high school student in the region and would like to attend, please register on the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Canterbury Regional President
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the newly elected Regional Council (voted in May).
Vice President (Universities) – Dipti Manchanda
Vice President (High Schools) – Olivia Payne
Secretary – Sara Colombo
General Members – Catherine O’Donnell Jackways, Mike Peebles and Miles Jones.
We say goodbye to some truly amazing people who have been assets to the Region: Zara Brouwers , Bethany Axby-Rabbit, Kurt Purdon, Mahoney Turnbull and special mention goes to Matt Stansfield, who has been an invaluable part of the region with the implementation of two inaugural events.
Along with the Regional Annual General Meeting we have also hosted a couple of other programmes and events; including two successful Training Sessions – one in Dunedin, the other in Queenstown. These sessions covered a THIMUN Information Session, NZ Model UN Session and a Rights and Responsibilities workshop. Those were some exciting days!
In the coming semester we are looking forward to the University Clubs and Societies Day, along with two High School events; the Dunedin Model Security Council and an outreach-based Model UN.
The Otago Region is also hoping to go a bit beyond the norm and run some Classroom Workshops with local schools.
If you are interested in hearing about anything mentioned or getting any further information feel free to contact me.
Kind Regards from the South,
Otago Regional President
Photo: delegates at Youth Declaration 2012
Following the success of Youth Declaration 2012, Youth Declaration 2013 is going to be bigger and better than ever. The new committee for 2013 is;
Coordinator – Jason Armishaw
Assistant Coordinator – Benedict Stewart
Education Officer – Jonathan Gee
Logistics Officer – Gayathiri Ganeshan –
Communications Officer – Sarah Alawi
Registrations Officer – Su Young Kim
The team will be having our retreat on 21 July on Waiheke Island, and who knows what sort of interesting and innovative ideas might come out of it? With such an amazing committee, rest assured Youth Declaration 2013 will be unlike any event you have ever been to before. Stay tuned!
Youth Declaration 2012 Coordinator
By the time this goes online, NZ Model UN 2012 will have just been over. As of now, the committee has been working tirelessly over the past few weeks, finalising important details in order to ensure that our members have the best Model UN experience yet.
Photo: All suited up at NZ Model UN 2011
The past month has been filled with heaps of interesting milestones, including the frenzy involved with sending out the conformation emails. Our dedicated Registrations Officer, Pasan Jayasinghe, worked solidly through the technical glitches and was even at one point outside Auckland University at 11pm trying to get all of you your emails you had been waiting for. As a result, the hashtag “#WeHeartPasan” started a riot on Twitter and eventually our Twitter handle was trending in New Zealand. Huge ups to Pasan for persisting through all of the technical crises and for maintaining a calm stance through it all.
NZ Model UN 2012 Coordinator
Here at NZ Model Security Council planning, we have exciting new things in the works, such as a Community Help Programme, similar to the Outreach taking NZMUN and Youth Declaration by storm. We are also making sure that our social events are both fun and a little different so that you remember this event long after it is over!
Registrations are now open until the 12th of July which is very SOON! Spaces are limited so register now and remember to make your application absolutely awesome!
The Domains of Warfare are developing every day. NZ Model Security Council 2012 gives you the opportunity debate, lobby and think about our changing world and how we can ensure the peaceful use of weapons.
NZ Model Security Council 2012 Coordinator
Applicants have just been announced for delegates to attend The Hague International Model United Nations 2013 at the end of NZ Model UN 2012. A blog will be up and running soon so that you can follow the delegation’s progress.
Photo: Delegates selected for The Hague International Model UN 2013
The selected delegates are Taylor Mitchell, Sharndre Kushor, Victoria Rea, Brittany Rea, Felix Mouttaki, Edward Haslam, Ashley Stanley-Ryan, Naushyn Janah, Brooke Olliver-Burnside, Jamie Beaton, Henry Thomson, Hannah Field, Keari Harvey, Richard Ngo, Bowen Shi, Nadine Ward, Austin O'Brien, Claire McCorkindale, Nirusha George, Joshua Ramsay, Samuel Brustad (Assitant Head of Delegation), Mattea Mrkusic (Head of Delegation)
This year’s delegation will be travelling via Singapore, Geneva, Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Amsterdam to make their way to The Hague. We’re currently in the process of figuring out where we’ll be staying, and where we’ll go on each of our cities. Among other things, we’ll be visiting New Zealand’s Embassies and Permanent Missions overseas, to learn more about how New Zealand represents itself internationally, and hear more from the people who (let’s face it) a lot of us would like to be one day. Plus we’ll be visiting the offices of the United Nations proper in Geneva, and the European Union institutions in Brussels.
If you have any questions about the delegation, get in touch with me at email@example.com.
THIMUN 2013 Director
Photo: Pacific Project delegation in Vanuatu
And we are off! The inaugural Pacific Project has been nine months in the making, and finally on 30 June, our group of 13 flew out of Auckland bound for Vanuatu. Here we will be engaging in volunteer work in the local community and learning more about the role that New Zealand plays in the country’s development. Our next stop is Melbourne, where we will add a very valuable Kiwi flavour to UN Youth Australia’s National Conference. We can’t wait to share with you the experiences we will have and the things we will learn, so keep an eye out for photos in upcoming issues!
Pacific Project Head Facilitator
A UN Youth member for over a year now, Cecilia was first convinced to come along to last year’s Crisis Model UN and caught the UN Youth bug. Since then, she has been involved in debating and lobbying as a Delegate as well as behind the scenes as a Conference Assistant – even simply because it’s such a “different” experience from the monotony of school.
On being asked about UN Youth, and why she loves Model UN events…
“My favourite thing about Model UN events is meeting people from different areas of Auckland, because I’m more of a [North] Shore kid – I know people from different areas on the shore, but then when I go to Model UN events, you know, its people from over the bridge and things like that. Just meeting people and getting to know them and knowing what groups they are in. It’s cool!
I now drag my friends from Westlake Girls to Model UN events, and try to get some boys from Westlake Boys to join Model UN events. I know that there are already some, who do go to UN Youth-run Model UN events, but I want to get more people in – it’s such a fun thing to do!”
On Save the Children New Zealand…
“It’s a really cool non-profit organisation – as UN Youth is – and I actually got involved with Save the Children through UN Youth! There was a link on the UN Youth Facebook page saying ‘hey, here’s a link to join Save the Children NZ’s Child and Youth Council’, and I clicked on it and that was how I got involved with the CYC.
It’s such a cool thing to be part of because it is nationwide. The CYC, as youth, get to voice our different views and opinions on various issues. The CYC is represented on the Save the Children Board. We believe that we could well be the only organisation, if not, one of few in New Zealand that has youth at Board level. Our role is to advise Save the Children and policy makers on issues affecting children and young people. So far we have made two submissions to the government, including a contribution to the Green Paper, a debate that focused on how New Zealand can protect vulnerable children.
The CYC is also tasked with coordinating the children and young people’s report to the United Nations in 2015. It is important for all young New Zealanders from all walks of life and different organisations to come together to be heard in partnership with us at Save the Children. We as young people need to take stock and hold adults and ourselves to account for our wellbeing.”
On her role on the Child and Youth Council…
“At the moment, I am taking a Media Officer type role, working on things like having a magazine. We have already released a couple of issues of that, this is being sent out once every two months, and we are looking for reporters from different areas of New Zealand so that they are able to share their stories in those areas. Currently, we are focusing on broadening this area, getting in contact with people from various regions outside of Auckland. I have been able to get in touch with young people from Wellington, Christchurch, and so on to write articles, which has been a lot of fun!”
On what prompted her to go further than just “clicking the link” and what keeps her involved in this on-going role…
“I have always been inclined to join things like that, and I have always wanted to join something that goes ‘hey, here’s youth and we can actually voice our opinions on things that matter’. Being part of UN Youth taught me the importance of the right to be heard, and I think perhaps because of this, I wanted to extend my passion of giving and taking full advantage of this right.
In fact, most of the people currently involved in the CYC, also, are current UN Youth members. I have a feeling they may have clicked on the Facebook link too! There are members of CYC from both Wellington and Christchurch who are current UN Youth members, so it’s really exciting.”
On what to do / how to join the CYC…
“At the moment, we are looking for a couple – well, not a couple, a lot actually, – of general members to help organise our events across different regions. For example, volunteers are needed for the Auckland meet-up we are in the middle of organising.
To become a general member, it’s really quite easy; just email Mercy Jumo who is working at Save the Children NZ in Wellington. Something simple like ‘hey, I’m from Auckland and would like to be involved with CYC’, would be perfect, and we will add you onto our Facebook page – which is our little hub for communicating with each other. Through that, you can get involved with things that we do and are developing right now.
The CYC is less than a year old, so we are definitely trying to grab as many young leaders and volunteers as we can! We are also trying to create diversity in our membership – from all the different geographical areas of NZ, or from one city; whether you’re in intermediate, high school or university; whether you go to a Decile 1 school or a Decile 10 school, we want you as part of the family!”
Something to get excited about…
“We are currently organising a conference for 18 August, and we need lots of volunteers for that. Discussion will be themed around bullying, abuse and other youth-related issues, but it is also a chance for young people to meet, catch up and network! More information on this will be circulated to schools, church groups and other community groups in due time.”
Those of you attending the NZ Model UN conference this month can find Cecilia as the Honourable Delegate from Ethiopa at the GA3, GA4 and GA2 Committee sessions, unsurprisingly at the Save the Children outreach programme or simply tweet her at @ceeparedes!
Save the Children NZ is the New Zealand arm of a global not for profit organisation aiming to improve the lives of children in the areas they work in, ranging in a variety of work from child protection and child rights to HIV/AIDS prevention and emergency aid . The recently set up Child and Youth Council in New Zealand consists of a group of young people dedicated to highlighting issues that affect young people in New Zealand and making sure youth voices are heard on these issues. To get involved, check out their website here or, as Cecilia advises, email Mercy Jumo at firstname.lastname@example.org
*UN+Reported is on the lookout for amazing hidden UN Youth stars and role models that are out there doing things for their community and being a real young leader. If this sounds like someone you know (or even yourself!), get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com*
NZ Model Security Council 2012 to be held in Auckland from 29 August – registrations now open and close on 12 July
For other opportunities here at UN Youth and regional events, keep updated on our opportunities page here.
Save the Children NZ, an international non-profit organisation, has set up CYC as a way of getting youth to highlight youth voices and opinions within the community on relevant issues. They are currently looking for volunteers to help with their events, reporters to report on various regions or keen young leaders to become general members. To join, either email Mercy Jumo at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their website here.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner is looking for a group of young people to provide insights into youth views and perspectives on various current issues, and also provide potential solutions for problems that concern youth in New Zealand communities. Applications close on 14 October 2012, and you can apply on their website here.
Amnesty International Aotearoa is challenging youth around the country to not just learn about human rights issues but also to take action to support upholding human rights and the work of Amnesty International around the world. The challenge kicks off on 30 July – get on board and check out this opportunity on their website here.
New Zealand Red Cross is kicking off their campaign against use of nuclear weapons around the world, with this essay competition for tertiary students. The topic is “why do we need an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons?”, and you have plenty of time to write it up with the deadline coming up at 5pm on 27 July 2012 – check out the rules on their website here.
New Zealand Red Cross is hosting a seminar on R2P in international law with Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, a leading expert on R2P who has been working with University of Queensland’s Asia-Pacific Centre for R2P, and Colin Keating, former NZ Permanent Representative to the UN and former executive director of NGO Security Council Report – this will be held at 5 30pm on Thursday 26 July at Lecture Theatre 2, Pipitea Campus, Government Buildings, Victoria University of Wellington.