Learn More About Us

Find out more about UN Youth and what we do.

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Learn more about your local UN Youth region.


See upcoming events throughout the country!

Get Involved

Find out how to join and see opportunities for volunteering.

Who We Are

We have a passion for growing young people. We inspire global citizens to lead in the spirit of the United Nations.

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 and become part of our team? We are constantly seeking talented, ambitious and motivated young people to help us do what we do even better. Opportunities to volunteer with UN Youth exist at all levels, all around the country. View all opportunities.

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National Education Team 2016

Want to be involved in helping to guide and grow UN Youth? Applications are now open for the National Education Team, the group of volunteers that helps make sure the most visible part of our programmes is as good as it can be!

The NET is the body which handles UN Youth’s educational content, providing advice on content creation, feedback and final approval for all educational materials including briefing papers, resolutions and workshops for all regional and national events. Members are assigned as a liaison for a given region and are responsible for checking that region’s content, and the team works collaboratively to check content for national events. The team is comprised of junior and senior members in order to allow for an element of tuition and mentorship.

For more details, check out the information pack below.

APPLY ONLINE: Click here to begin your application.

CONTACT: [email protected]

Pdf National_Education_Team_2016_-_Information_Pack.pdf

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Auckland Universities' Model UN 2016 Committee

Whether you're looking to get more involved with UN Youth this year, or develop leadership and organizational skills, we're seeking passionate university students to help organize UN Youth Auckland's flagship university conference. 

Applications to be a part of the Auckland Universities' Model United Nations 2016 are open now. To apply, check out the application pack below. Applications are due by 5pm, 7 February 2016 to Cecilia Fang.

CONTACT: [email protected]

Pdf Auckland_Universities_Model_UN_Committee_Application_Pack.pdf