How to go about it.
It is very much up to you how exactly to go about it, but here are some pointers.
1. Choose your topic. e.g. Energy, Law, architecture, biodiversity. Make it fairly broad at first, you can always narrow down.
2. Tell us about it – send an email to [email protected], Register on Facebook UNANZ SusyCon
3. Check out the Sustainability Action Overview for NZ activities. Study likely web site and links. Investigate other sources you might have on likely activity.
4. Send an email to the people you identify, explaining you are studying connections between NZ and overseas organisations with a view to possibly contributing. Ask them what their main contacts are.
5. Explore the principal sites, particularly
a. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org - the main UN portal
b. Check out IISD – their Reporting Services and Mailing Lists
c. Check on any recent conferences (UN or otherwise)
6. Identify the most active agencies (UN or otherwise), countries, corporations and the key people involved. Note, this may be frustrating, as there are many different sources of information and some of them are quite uneven.
7. If you up against major problems, email to SusyCon.
8. Keep your colleagues informed through the facebook page.
9. Start narrowing down your area of interest to the most interesting and beneficial areas.
10. Find out about any NZ government activity in the area – MfE, MFAT, Treasury etc. as well as documents lodged with the UN
11. Draw up a brief report and send to your contacts and to SusyCon for comment.
12. Start developing your local contacts, especially those who have responded in any way. Email, phone, Skype, visits etc. Understand as much as you can about what they are doing, and who they are linked with, and look for ways in which you can add value to their work by providing information or links.
13. Try to link this work with your studies, and see if you can base some of your projects around it.
14. As this work progresses you should be getting a reasonable idea of the value of your work and what sort of directions you would like to move in. At the very least you will have gained an understanding of what is happening in your area locally and globally, as well as the key people involved. Potentially you will have written some great projects, contributed in important ways to sustainability work locally, and perhaps globally, and developed a range of opportunities to develop your studies and career.