The most recent posts from the UN Youth New Zealand Blog are displayed below!

  • Lest We Forget April 25, 2018 by Justin Chen - Lest we forget - words etched into the minds of every kiwi, from their first ANZAC day, until their last. This year marks the 102nd ANZAC Day. A day where communities across Australia and New Zealand come together to remember those who have served not only in World War One, but in every conflict since. Continue Reading
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day April 21, 2018 by Justin Chen - In our modern world, it can be hard to understand that what we now view as outdated and primitive technologies were once revolutionary innovations of their time. Everything from forks and lightbulbs to trains, cars and aeroplanes was once a brand-new, innovative idea. Yet, in many cases, societies have turned away from flexibility and innovation Continue Reading
  • A Day Spent in Parliament April 14, 2018 by Justin Chen - Our accessibility to those sitting in Parliament is astounding and my experience last week was an exceptional example of the openness our MP’s show. Last week I had the privilege of shadowing Marja Lubeck, a list MP for the Labour Party from the Rodney electorate. It was such an incredible experience and opportunity to go Continue Reading
  • Human Spaceflight Day April 12, 2018 by Justin Chen - “Looking at the earth from afar you realise it is too small for conflict and just big enough for cooperation.” – Yuri Gagarin.   As the early rays of sunlight slowly bled across the horizon, Yuri Gagarin clambered into the spherical capsule spanning 2.3m in diameter1 – the Vostok 1. He would call this home Continue Reading
  • The Health Crisis in Yemen April 7, 2018 by Ishan Kokulan - Universal Health Cover: everyone, everywhere. This is the 2018 World Health Day theme. On 7 April, World Health Organisation calls upon states and individuals alike to strive towards this idea. There seems to be something distinctly modern about discussing health in terms of ‘universalness’. Modernity means the development of medicine, technology, transportation, communication. When innovation Continue Reading
  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis March 29, 2018 by Justin Chen - 2018 marks seven years since the beginning of one of the worst refugee crises in living memory. Warring factions, the rise of extremist groups and an international community plagued by indecision and conflicting agendas have culminated in one of the worst humanitarian disasters since World War II. Millions of Syrians have lost their homes, their Continue Reading
  • 5 Exciting Outcomes of the Paris Climate Agreement So Far March 23, 2018 by Justin Chen - Today’s saturation of bad news and its constant reminders of our “impending doom”, has undoubtedly created a worldwide need for reassurance and progress. One ground-breaking leap forward for the planet was the formation of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. Created within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the accord is committed to Continue Reading
  • What is a Global Citizen? March 19, 2018 by Justin Chen - We are all part of a global community. A complex catalogue of individuals who live our own lives and see the world through our own lenses. This community is a vast one, one that transcends borders both geographically and ideologically, and one that has stood the test of time. This community has grown and flourished Continue Reading
  • International Women’s Day Speech March 14, 2018 by Justin Chen - National President Bokyong Mun was invited to give a speech at the International Women's Day lunch, hosted in Wellington on the 8 March 2018. Read below for the speech that she presented, and the challenge that she leaves us all!: "International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the improvements and great Continue Reading
  • International Women’s Day March 8, 2018 by Justin Chen - In a world first, New Zealand women won the right to vote in parliamentary elections in 1893. Since then, the role women play in society across the world has evolved dramatically, with women entering academia, the workforce and taking control of their own destinies in a way which was previously impossible. In 2017, New Zealand Continue Reading