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Transparency and UNA sign affiliation Agreement

Aug 06 2018
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Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) and the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) have made an agreement to fully affiliate and co-operate with each other. 

PRESS RELEASE – New leadership at the United Nations Association of New Zealand

Jun 15 2018
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The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) welcomes the appointment of Mr Peter Nichols as the new National President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand. Peter was appointed National President at the recent Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2018, following the presidency of Mrs Joy Dunsheath J.P. for the past two years. Mrs Dunsheath will continue her involved with the UNA NZ as immediate past President on the National Executive and Special Officer for Liaison with the World Federation of UNAs – WFUNA. “We thank Joy for her inspired leadership and enormous time and effort expended throughout her Presidential terms, and realise the challenges she had met to sustain the organisation which is reliant on the energy of its volunteers and paid part-time staff, prudent financial management, and raised public profile via news media, and new ventures”, Peter says about his predecessor. He was also pleased to inherit a vibrant organisation in a healthy financial state with a bright future.

Besides his new presidential role, Peter works at the Environmental Protection Authority. He has worked overseas in a variety of countries including in Australia and Asia. He took a keen interest in issues in East Timor leading up to its independence and worked as a team site leader in 1991/92 to implement the peace accords with the United Nations Angola Verification Mission ll. He led a team as part of New Zealand’s Provincial Reconstruction team in Afghanistan in 2005/06. In New Zealand, Peter has worked for 2 Governors General, worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the Domestic and External Security Group, has managed teams of 100 plus on several occasions, been responsible for security at Parliament and managed the Otaki Children’s Health Camp. He has a first-class honours Master’s degree in Strategic Studies, is an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and is a graduate of the Australian and Indonesian Command and Staff Colleges. He is a past Chair of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, a member of the New Zealand Indonesia Association and Council, and has been actively involved in the Scouting movement. Mr Nichols is married to Dr Ruth Nichols and they have two adult children, Emma and David. He enjoys walking, plays golf, reads and enjoys family time.

Peter can be contacted via email at [email protected]and via phone at 027 548 4519.

Peter has been joined on the National Executive (NX) by two new Vice Presidents, Dr Kennedy Graham, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies and former Member of Parliament, and Dr Clark Ehlers, who holds a doctorate in microbiology and a law degree and is also the Wellington Branch President. Arielle Tracey joined UNA NZ as an intern last year and was elected Secretary at the recent AGM. Dr Mere Skerrett is from Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa, Mataatua and Waikato Maniapoto, and is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. She was appointed National Council Representative on the NX and also holds the new position of Special Officer Tangata Whenua. Pauline McKay and Paul Oliver continue their positions as Vice President and National Treasurer respectively. Peter Cowley will replace Paul Oliver later this year.


Questioning political candidates about cross-party action on the SDGs 

Aug 03 2017
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In April this year, we asked political partiesWhat is your party's policy on New Zealand's best means of furthering the means and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals? It is disappointing however, that our letters were not acknowledged while other politicians’ replies have indicated that until the public shows marked interest in these issues, SDGs are not on the agenda. We put together a set of questions you can choose from to ask candidates and politicians leading up the September election:

Questions —
Introduction — In 2015 New Zealand Government signed United Nations Agenda 2030 pledging to take action to ensure our sustainability during future environmental and societal disruptions. Further, this agreement gives us an opportunity to advance New Zealand’s future in a comprehensive planned way. It appears that there has been little political activity on this essential matter.

    ▪    What do you think of New Zealand’s commitment to implementing the Sustainability Goals and what cross-party actions on it will you initiate or support?

    ▪    What cross-party Government institutional mechanisms and policy frameworks will you and your party put in place to ensure this essential work goes ahead at high priority? Many other countries have instituted dedicated Commissions for Sustainability. Do you plan to set one up here? 

    ▪    Will you require that all parliamentary, departmental and agency activities include a statement of compliance to relevant Sustainability Goals to protect our future generations?

    ▪    What processes will you put in place to consult with civil society on the Sustainability Goals as the New Zealand Government pledged by signing Agenda 2030?

    ▪    In particular what cross-party action do you propose for New Zealand to meet UN Agenda 2030 Goal X, Target Y which states ……..? (Relevant to you or your organization.) 

Reporting from the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Negotiations

Jul 06 2017
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JUNE – Four New Zealanders representing various civil society organisations, including UNANZ, are currently at the UN participating in the second round of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Unlike chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons have not yet been outlawed internationally, despite being the most destructive, inhumane weapons of terror ever invented. Read the report by clicking on this link. 

Applications for the 2017 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowships

Mar 07 2017
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Each year the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognises the achievements of outstanding female scientists in over 100 countries. Since 1998 over 2,500 women have been awarded Fellowships to support their continued research. In 2017 they are increasing the number of For Women in Science Australian Fellowships to four. They will award these four $25,000 Fellowships along with the New Zealand Fellowship in October 2017.

Applicants within five years of completing their PhD (not including career breaks) are welcome from a variety of fields including life sciences, clinical and health sciences, material sciences, physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. Eligible candidates must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Applications are open now and will close at midnight Monday 3 April.

The application form and more information about the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand program can be found on the For Women in Science website.


What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals and why do they matter?

Mar 05 2017
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Join us on Twitter and Facebook where we take a good look at each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and how they relate to what and how we do things in New Zealand. Over the past month we looked at why it matters, and Goal 14 - Life Below Water and why it matters. We are next looking at Goal 5 - Achieve Gender Equality and empower all women and girls. Here is why Goal 5 matters. 

Eulogy for Dame Laurie Salas by UNA NZ President Joy Dunsheath

Feb 05 2017
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We gather with the Salas family, knowing that their loss is personal and profound, to give thanks for the life of Dame Laurie Salas.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of the beautiful Dame Laurie – Wahine Toa.  She worked tirelessly for peace, security, human rights and for women.  She was a champion of the vision and values of the United Nations.  


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.

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