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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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Organising Committee Tertiary International
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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]

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]

Organising Committee Volunteer Wellington
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Wellington Model International Court of Justice

Are you looking to heighten your knowledge of the International Court of Justice whilst working in a dynamic and engaging committee with like minded people? Or perhaps just looking to advance your volunteer capacity with UN Youth Wellington?  Then Model International Court of Justice is for YOU! 

The International Court of Justice is the world’s highest court: it judges countries, holding them to a standard of law that goes well above and beyond domestic legal systems. 

Wellington Model International Court of Justice is one of our flagship tertiary events, simulating the judicial body. Held at the Victoria University Law School in the last few weeks of trimester two, this event lets students put their legal skills to the test by combining elements of mooting, debating, witness examination and International Law. A guest speaker with experience in international law complements the educational portion of the event.

Positions available: Coordinator, Educations Officer and Communications Officer.

Applications are due by 5pm, 24 July. Any further questions can be directed to Henry Thompson at [email protected]

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]

Pdf Wellington_Model_ICJ_APPLICATION_FORM.pdf

Organising Committee Volunteer Auckland
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Auckland Global Economic Forum

UN Youth Auckland are looking for passionate and motivated students to organise The Auckland Global Economic Forum 2015!

The Auckland Global Economic Forum challenges university students to critically analyse and focus on a current international economic issue. This high impact and challenging event tests students’ negotiations and strategic skills as the countries together draft a convention to resolve the issue. The event is scheduled for late September 2015. 

The organising committee will be in charge of leading and organising this event. This includes developing the educational content, liaising with the regional UN Youth Council and external partners, and event communications and promotions. We are looking for passionate volunteers who are wanting to test their organisation and leadership skills.

Positions avaliable: Assistant Coordinator, Debates Officer, Registrations Officer, Communications Officer.

Applications are due by 7pm, 20 July.

SEND APPLICATION FORM TO: [email protected]

Pdf Global_Economic_Forum_Committee_Application.pdf