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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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Conference Assistant Volunteer National
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Diplomacy Competition Markers

The Diplomacy Competition is an online Model UN initiative for high school students. We are looking for a team of Markers to help us out during the four Rounds we run throughout the year. As a Marker we will equip you with the skills necessary to mark Diplomacy position papers. You will be able to contribute to the largest UN Youth initiative, with over 500 Participants and 130 Teams, as well as be in to win some nifty prizes!

The approval process involves reading through our comprehensive Marker’s Guide and completing a short test. Send an email to our Content Officer, Emma Pairman, with the subject "Diplomacy Marking" to indicate your interest and apply! She will provide you with the Marker's Guide and more details.

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

Pdf NDT_Application_Pack.pdf

Organising Committee Tertiary Dunedin
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Otago Universities' Model UN Organising Committee

Applications are now open to be on the event committee for Otago Universities' Model UN for 2015. This event is planned to be held on the 18th of July.

This opportunity is the perfect way to get a taste as to what it is like to volunteer and organise an event for UN Youth Otago!

If this sounds like you apply now!

In order to apply, please complete an application (with supporting documents) and send to [email protected]

Any questions feel free to get in contact with William Guy ([email protected])

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]

Pdf UniMUN-Application-Overview.pdf

Organising Committee Volunteer National
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Aotearoa Youth Declaration Committee 2016

Committee members will act as a team to fulfill specific roles designated by the coordinator in conjunction with the National Executive. Qualities sought include pro-activity, flexibility, effective communication skills, reliability and organisational skills. All committee members must be able to make a year-long commitment. Committee tasks may include sponsorship, promotions/marketing, creation of packs and booklets, contracts for venues/equipment/catering, logistics of social and ceremonial events, arrangement of guests and speakers, registrations, appointment of Conference Assistants, training for Conference Assistants, logistics of community outreach programme and writing of reports. The specific committee roles will be decided by the National Executive in conjunction with the Coordinator of the event. However, you may like to consider that in the past the roles have included:

  • Assistant Coordinator
  • Education Officer
  • Logistics Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Registrations Officer
  • Promotions Officer

Please email this application and supporting information to [email protected] along with any questions you might have.

Applications close on Saturday 23 May.

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]

Pdf Aotearoa_Youth_Declaration_Committee_Application.pdf

Organising Committee Volunteer Auckland
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Auckland High Schools Forum Committee

The UN Youth Auckland Regional Council is looking for motivated university students to form the organising committee of one of the region’s most anticipated events!

The committee will have the freedom to shape the direction and topics of the conference, in consultation and subject to the approval of the Regional Council. It could be a Model Arab League, Model EU, or anything that will add educational value to the UN Youth programme.

This year the Regional Council seeks to run an event that challenges the idea of a Model UN, introducing a conference format that will be unique, exciting and educationally challenging. The theme and the vision of the event is in your hands - how will you make this event unforgettable?

The committee will develop and bring this event to life with the close support of the Auckland Regional Council. The event will take place on Saturday 8th of August 2015.

Applications are due to Bernard Vella, Auckland President, at [email protected] by 5pm on Friday15th May, preferably in .pdf format. 

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]

Pdf Auckland_High_Schools_Forum_Application_Pack.pdf