|Abbreviation||UN Youth NZ|
|Motto||Inspiring global citizens|
UN Youth New Zealand (formerly the United Nations Youth Association of New Zealand or UNYANZ) creates opportunities for young New Zealanders to engage with pressing global affairs and lead in the spirit of the United Nations. The charity primarily holds Model United Nations events for high-school and tertiary students, as well as outreach programmes and workshops.
UN Youth serves as the youth arm of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) and is one of the largest youth organisations in New Zealand. UN Youth is a member of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), which in turn has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
UN Youth is a non-profit community organisation run entirely by young volunteers, aged 25 and under or full-time tertiary students.
UN Youth runs approximately 30 regional and national events for secondary school and university students throughout the calendar year.
The key events are the Model United Nations (Model UN). A Model UN conference involves each participant taking on the stance of a particular country and debating a number of resolutions from that stance, all within formal rules of procedure similar to the United Nations General Assembly. Model UN conferences take place in each region, with a national conference – NZ Model UN – taking place each July in New Zealand's capital, Wellington. NZ Model UN involves approximately 250 secondary school students.
UN Youth also facilitates and assembles delegations of New Zealand students to attend international conferences which focus on the United Nations and international affairs. UN Youth sends delegations to:
UN Youth New Zealand is a registered New Zealand charity governed by the UN Youth New Zealand Board Of Directors, chaired by Chairman Of The Board Johnathan Gee. UN Youth New Zealand operations are managed by the National Executive who are accountable to the Board Of Directors, headed by President Mark Howard.
The Board Of Directors is the highest authority and policy-making body within the organisation, composed of several directors including the President and a volunteers representative. The Board will typically meet once every quarter around the country. Their primary obligation is to ensure that the organisations financial health is stable and that the strategic direction and mission of the organisation is being met by the National Executive by implementing policies.
The National Executive is the committee charged with managing UN Youth at a national level, as directed by the Board. The National Executive is accountable under the Board, and is elected at the organisation's Annual General Meeting, held at the end of every year.
Whereas the Board meets quarterly to hold the National Executive, regional branches and various UN Youth programmes to account and to set the organisation's overall policies and direction, the National Executive is charged with implementing that policy and direction on a day-to-day basis. The current National President is Mark Howard.
UN Youth has four regions. From north to south these are: Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago. The regions are charged with carrying out the purpose of UN Youth through operating regional level events. The regions are also held accountable by the UN Youth Board Of Directors, and the members are elected by an AGM held annually in the region. Each region is headed by a Regional President.
Additionally, regional councils run their own locally organised and attended events throughout New Zealand. Many are run on an annual basis often with additional conferences being organised throughout the year.