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The achievement of the UN SDGs (Agenda 2030) A Human Right?

Nov 16 2016
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A seminar organised by the United Nations Association of New Zealand to mark Human Rights Day 2016. 

The UN SDGs programme, or Agenda 2030, is a comprehensive programme with specific goals for the promotion of the social, cultural, economic and political progress of all the people in the world. At this time of global political, economic and ecological crisis, the SDGs are a programme with no specific partisan bias. But is it a human right that people throughout the world should enjoy the benefits of the UN SDGs programme (Agenda 2030)? The UN believes it is. And thus UNA New Zealand believes so too. 

We invite you to a seminar on 8 December where leading academics and practitioners in sustainability, development and human rights will discuss this issue. 

Press Release - UNA NZ celebrates 70 years

Oct 25 2016
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Press Release
25 October 2016

Celebrating 70 years of the United Nations Association of New Zealand

Tonight members, affiliates and supporters gather at Government House in Wellington to celebrate 70 years of the founding of the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ).


Interview with Pete Cowley - outgoing National Administrator

Sep 05 2016
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Pete Cowley has been the administrator for UNA NZ for the last five years, and has contributed to UNA NZ for vastly more than that. His role consisted of responding to emails, facilitating numerous events, creating documents and collating valuable information. Highlights of his time at UNA NZ were the events on UN Day, Peace Day and Human Rights Day. Pete will be leaving us so that he is able to fully care for his flatemate suffering from dementia, and campaign on the right to voluntary euthanasia. Unfortunately, with this and many other organisations he’s involved in, he feels he does not have the time or energy that is deserving of the UNA NZ role.

A lifetime of serving others – farewell to Dame Grace Hollander

Jul 01 2016
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UNA Canterbury member Mary McGiven shares her account with Dame Grace: “I was privileged to know Grace was the daughter of post WW1 Jewish Migrants from the UK who raised their family to serve the community.  She dedicated much of her adult life to fulfilling these commitments locally, nationally, and internationally.”

World Humanitarian Summit briefings

May 16 2016
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On 12 May, WebEx briefings were held, in English and French, on the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.  The English briefing was conducted by Mr. Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, and Mr. Hervé Verhoosel, Spokesperson for the World Humanitarian Summit.  The French briefing was conducted by  Mr. Antoine Gérard, Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, and Mr. Hervé Verhoosel, Spokesperson for the World Humanitarian Summit.  https://youtu.be/O9zTtwixhlU (English, approximately 63 minutes)  https://youtu.be/Wrso5-SmOcg (French, approximately 30 minutes) 

In Memory of ...

Apr 26 2016
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The United Nations Association NZ  has lost a former National President Sir James Belich and a former President of the World Federation of United Nations Association Maurice Strong in the last few months …

1 for 7 Billion

Apr 26 2016
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1 for 7 Billion is a global campaign supported by organisations and individuals from all corners of the globe committed to getting the best UN Secretary-General.  Over 750 organisations have signed up to the campaign with a combined reach of more than 170 million people worldwide.

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