What We Do

Making a difference

UNA NZ is committed to the ideals embodied in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the crucial role of the UN at the centre of multilateral cooperation to promote world peace and justice, and to eradicate poverty and hunger. We recognise that the UN has far to go to achieve its objectives, and are committed to its improvement.

We work in a variety of ways to highlight the importance of the UN, and to engender the skills within our young people to cope with this extraordinarily challenging international environment. We educate New Zealanders about the activities of the UN and its agencies, New Zealand’s involvement, and how to get involved. Our current focus is working together with others to raise the importance of finding ways to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Global Security and UN Renewal.

In addition to running regular awareness-raising events, workshops, seminars and panel discussions, UNA NZ plays a key role in encouraging the New Zealand Government to support the work of the UN. We also celebrate special UN related days, endeavoring to keep UN issues before the public.

Our National Conference is the premier UNA NZ event, which brings together nationwide members to participate in panel discussions, and hear from national and international speakers. The conference also hosts our National Secondary School Speech Awards finals.