UN Youth Response to COVID-19

[Full statement here.]

UN Youth New Zealand cancelled all of our events occurring before 18 June 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our events held after this date will have a comprehensive welfare plan, detailed welfare briefings and a focus on ensuring it is easy for attendees to practice good hygiene. Specifically, our officeholders have been supplied with a guidance document on how our organisation is responding to COVID-19 and our welfare team volunteers will be thoroughly trained to proactively ensure our events are safe. Please get in touch with our National President, Mark Howard, at mark.howard@unyouth.org.nz if you have any questions.

To read our full statement, which includes further information (including regarding refunds), please click here. All queries can be sent to our National President, Mark Howard, at mark.howard@unyouth.org.nz

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About UN Youth

UN Youth New Zealand is a non-profit organisation that provides civics education outside the traditional classroom context. Through fun workshops, conferences, Model UN, and outreach events, we engage high school and tertiary students in the most pressing affairs of their country and the international community. Our goal is to inspire young New Zealanders to be global citizens in the rapidly globalising world of today. Global citizenship exists in an incredibly diverse range of forms, and UN Youth hopes to provide the opportunities for all young people to be the global citizen that they aspire to be. 

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 3000 young New Zealanders from Northland to Southland attend a UN Youth event.

UN Youth hosts three conferences nationally each year drawing together hundreds of students from across the country. One of the conferences looks at solving problems in the community and government policy, the second considers international affairs and diplomacy, and the last aims to engage young New Zealanders in politics and democracy. An online Diplomacy Competition is also available for all high school students across New Zealand to help them further develop their understanding of these issues.

We also lead three annual international trips for high school students; the Global Development Tour through Europe and the United States, Pacific Project – a cultural exchange to Australia and the Pacific, and one to the Evatt Competition run by UN Youth Australia. For tertiary students, we run the North America Leadership Tour – a trip around North America, centring around Harvard National Model UN, and a trip to East and South East Asia focused on globalisation – the Globalisation Tour. 

UN Youth is powered by a body of 150 volunteers across the country who dedicate many hours of their week to engaging young people and growing the organisation. 

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