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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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StatesMUN 2016 Co-Directors

The two StatesMUN Co-Directors are responsible for the organisation and implementation of every aspect of the StatesMUN study tour, from promotions and selections, flights and accommodation, group leisure activities, organising the itinerary and study tour meetings, delegate welfare, and the important task of training and preparation for the Harvard National Model UN conference itself. 

The role of Co-Director of StatesMUN is an incredible opportunity for a young leader who has strong leadership, organisational and communication skills, and wishes to develop these skills further through leading an international delegation with UN Youth New Zealand.


There are some specific criteria to be eligible for the StatesMUN Co-Director position. You must be:

– a New Zealand Citizen / Permanent Resident with a current passport
– at least 21 years of age when the delegation departs New Zealand on or about 1stFebruary 2016,
– be available for:
– the entire month of February;
– a training weekend in late November or early December; and
– have no criminal convictions.

Click here to download the application pack. 

Applications must be delivered to [email protected] by midnight, Sunday 2 August. Late applications will not be considered.

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]