Wrapping up in New YorkJune 12, 2017by Yao Dong-The delegation awoke to more uncharacteristically warm weather - despite it supposedly being winter here in New York, we have been treated to day after day of sunshine and temperatures as high as 18 degrees. After our morning briefing, we headed off towards midtown for our final meeting of the tour. High above Madison Avenue, Continue Reading
New York: Food (Production), Career Goals and ShakiraJune 12, 2017by Yao Dong-We woke up to another unusually sunny and warm February day in New York, and began our day on the Upper West Side with a Q&A with Glenn Denning. Glenn is the Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice programme within Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is also Continue Reading
New York: UN Office of Legal Affairs and Aunty HelenJune 12, 2017by Yao Dong-After meeting with the New Zealand Permanent Mission, we headed back to the United Nations – our second home in New York. For the third time in even less days, we had the pleasure of being briefed by yet another individual with seemingly endless experience and knowledge. Fanny Schaus, an employee of the Office of Continue Reading
Delegation State of MindMarch 27, 2017by Yao Dong-Arriving in New York by train, we were treated to a magnificent view of the iconic buildings which define the city; the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Centre and Empire State Building. However, it was not until our first meeting the next day that we began to fully comprehend the enormity of the city or it’s character. Continue Reading
Reporting from Harvard National Model United NationsMarch 13, 2017by Yao Dong-Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) was four days of intense debate, challenging negotiation and gruelling hours - much like the real United Nations. After all, it started only 10 years after the United Nations itself. This year was its 63rd session, which involved 3,000 university students from all around the world, gathering to find Continue Reading
The Insider’s Guide to HarvardMarch 1, 2017by Jonathan Gee-After falling in love with the wondrous Washington DC, it was time to depart and take a short flight to beautiful snowy Boston! We were greeted at 1am in the morning by a staff member at Hostelling International, who affectionately dubbed Boston one of America’s most underrated cities. He’s dead right – the city is Continue Reading
Washington DC: Trade, Administration, Democrats and RepublicansFebruary 22, 2017by Yao Dong-Our last day in Washington DC was a fitting conclusion to a wonderful week. International Trade Administration: Our first meeting of the day was with the International Trade Administration (ITA). This is an agency under the United States Department of Commerce that promotes exports of US nonagricultural goods and services. The Administration endeavours to enhances Continue Reading
Washington DC: Think Tanks, Killer Robots and Local HangoutsFebruary 15, 2017by Yao Dong-Our third full day in Washington DC was a busy one indeed. We started the day with a meeting at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a DC-based think tank. There we met Ben Contreras, Program Manager for the CSIS Southeast Asia Program and a UN Youth alum, as well as Shannon Hayden, Associate Continue Reading
Washington DC: Diplomacy, Defence, and Donald.February 13, 2017by Lexi Finucane-Having survived flight delays and turbulence, we arrived in historic Washington DC ready to navigate diplomacy, defence and Donald. Waking up on Wednesday morning to weather warmer than Wellington, we set off to the highly anticipated meeting with our incredible New Zealand Embassy here in DC. We were lucky enough to meet with First Secretary Continue Reading
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Aotearoa Youth Declaration 2018 Committee
Aotearoa Youth Declaration is UN Youth’s flagship civics education conference. The conference aims to equip participating students with a deeper understanding of their place within the community and the ways they can actively contribute to it...