Welcome to the United Nations Association of New Zealand

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) is the people's movement for the United Nations in New Zealand. 

The UN brings virtually all peoples together to address global issues and is becoming increasingly important in determining our future. It promotes world peace and justice, and works to eradicate poverty and hunger. The UN still has far to go to achieve its objectives, and we are committed to its improvement.

UNANZ promotes and supports the aims and objectives of the United Nations, and are committed to the ideals embodied in the UN Charter, and Universal Declaration of Human Rights We are a means by which the principles of the UN Charter can be shared widely and its vision realised. Read more 



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News and Events

 
     

2013 United Nations Day Celebrations

Oct 20 2013
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"UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.

24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday".

On the 16th of October this year, we marked an early UN Day at Premier House with the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, John Key and the Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully.

UN Secretary-General's Message for 2013

Oct 20 2013
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Dear friends,

United Nations Day is a chance to recognize how much this invaluable Organization contributes to peace and common progress.

It is a time to reflect on what more we can do to realize our vision for a better world.

The fighting in Syria is our biggest security challenge.

Millions of people depend on UN humanitarian personnel for life-saving assistance.

UN experts are working hand-in-hand with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to destroy Syria’s stockpiles.

UNANZ statement on the situation in Syria

Sep 11 2013
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UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND – STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION IN SYRIA

8 September 2013

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNANZ) is extremely concerned about the inability of states to resolve the current conflict in Syria. UNANZ recognizes that this is a complicated situation involving questions of internal security, allegations of the use of chemical weapons, the intervention of third parties, the impact of the veto power on the operation of the UN Security Council, and when and how to apply the “Right to Protect”.

Malala Comes to the United Nations

Jul 09 2013
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Malala Yousafzai may be one of the best-known students in the world, but she is also a teacher. This month she will mark her 16th birthday by coming to the United Nations and sharing an important lesson about education -- particularly for girls around the world.

Malala is the courageous young education rights campaigner from Pakistan who was targeted and shot by extremists on her way to school. After a long road to recovery, Malala is back and determined to keep making her voice heard.

Display in New York

May 28 2013
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 Eight Kapiti and Horowhenua artists have joined national weavers to create 50 tukutuku panels for a special assignment in New York.

United nations: Kapiti weavers Pip Devonshire, Sonia Snowden and Tracey Huxford complete a tukutuku panel headed for New York.

Helen Clark: "Improving Global Governance: Making global institutions fit-for-purpose in the 21st century"

Nov 15 2012
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It is a pleasure to join you here in Wellington, at Victoria University’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies. My thanks go to Professor Jonathan Boston for organising for me to be here, and to the University for hosting the event.

The topic of my lecture is Improving Global Governance: Making global institutions fit-for-purpose in the 21st century. I will

  • comment on some of the complex challenges of the 21st century which cry out for effective global governance reflecting today’s geopolitical and other realities; and  
  • examine whether global governance institutions – particularly in the areas of peace and security, economic governance, sustainable development, and climate change – have kept up with geopolitical changes and been able to tackle emerging challenges to ensure their continued effectiveness, legitimacy, and accountability.
  •  limate change – have kept up with geopolitical changes and been able to