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

  • In Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament September 26, 2018 by Justin Chen - Like many Millennial and Gen X New Zealanders of my generation, my knowledge of New Zealand’s nuclear history has been told through my parents’ stories. My mum protested after the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior in the 1980s and my dad traveled throughout the Middle East when the Soviet Union was the dangerous part of the Continue Reading
  • International Day of Democracy September 15, 2018 by Justin Chen - Every 15th of September, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, which was established by the United Nations in 2007 to celebrate, promote and recognize the principles of democracy. While the way in which democracy is expressed across the world may vary, it is defined by citizens’ ability to participate in public decision-making, typically through Continue Reading
  • What’s Next for Tech September 6, 2018 by Justin Chen - Where do we look to when we long for change? For a long time now, people have started to lose faith in traditional arenas like government. Instead, people have turned to technology. From Google to Amazon, tech companies have had a tremendous impact on society, transforming how we work, play, and communicate. But have our Continue Reading
  • World Humanitarian Day August 31, 2018 by Justin Chen - Central to the work a humanitarian does, is the care of people and promotion of their welfare.   A couple of weeks ago World Humanitarian Day recognised the incredible work done by our many humanitarians across the world, particularly aid workers who put their lives at risk for the welfare of others. This day also Continue Reading
  • A Reflection on the Global Development Tour August 23, 2018 by Justin Chen - With the 2019 delegation of the Global Development Tour being announced, I thought it was a good opportunity to share some of the 2018 delegations experience, in the hope that it can inspire the next delegation and encourage those wanting to apply in the future. Overview: In January this year I was fortunate enough to Continue Reading
  • Festival for the Future 2018 August 12, 2018 by Justin Chen - Around half of New Zealanders are under the age of thirty-five, yet the average Member of Parliament in this country is in their fifties. Aged 23, Chloe Swarbrick became the youngest MP since Marilyn Waring entered Parliament in 1975. When a government is designed to represent the people it governs, it seems odd that the Continue Reading
  • World Friendship Day July 30, 2018 by Justin Chen - When someone mentions political friendships the first thing that pops into my mind is the Obama-Biden bromance. While I wish this blog post was all about the iconic pair, it’s arguably a little old news, and also not surprising given they hold similar values and work closely together in the same political party striving for Continue Reading
  • The Auckland Youth Advisory Panel July 12, 2018 by Jonah Tan - Vesinia Maka and Damian Piilua are the Chair and Deputy Chair, of the Auckland Youth Advisory Panel. I had the privilege of finding out some more about the panel and the work that they and the 19 other members do. The panel is made up of 21 youth from across Auckland, representing a different local Continue Reading
  • “Bossy”- It’s Real Meaning July 5, 2018 by Jonah Tan - Ever since I started school I’ve been a bright kid. In primary school, my hand was always up. I was in the gifted classes, I was labeled a leader, and I was confident in sharing my opinion, making friends and directing the conversation. But by the time I reached intermediate school, things had begun to Continue Reading
  • US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council – Do the Rights of Palestinians Matter Less? June 28, 2018 by Justin Chen -  The United Nations Human Rights Council is a body that seeks to strengthen, promote and protect human rights. A task that is not only important, but seemingly more and more relevant. Anyone living in a democratic nation would almost automatically assume their government would support such a venture. So it would seem at first glance Continue Reading