UNA NZ UN Day Reception and book launch biographies of speakers

2 November 2020



[email protected] Celebration, 29 October 2020


The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) Te Roopu Whakakotahi Whenua o Aotearoa is holding a reception to mark United Nations Day 2020 on Thursday 29 October, 5.30pm-7.30pm, Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings and the official book launch of A Seat at the Table: New Zealand and the United Nations Security Council 2015–2016, edited by Graham Hassall and Negar Partow, Thursday 29 October, 4.00pm, Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament Buildings. Hosted by the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard.

The purpose of these events is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, reflect on the future of multilateralism, and hear from a fantastic range of speakers giving diverse perspectives from the diplomatic, youth, academic, and UN communities.

Featuring artworks and music from Whenua Ūkaipō  Connectedness 2020 United Nations 75th anniversary art exhibition, bringing forward authentic Māori, indigenous and many cultures artistic visions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

With support from Massey University Press and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

About the United Nations Association of New Zealand

UNA NZ is a national community organisation, and a registered charity. It is made up of a number of regional branches, an independent youth association (UN Youth New Zealand) and affiliates across New Zealand. UNA NZ was founded shortly after the United Nations itself in 1945, and is formally associated with the UN Department of Public Information. We are a member of The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), which provides links with United Nations Associations in other countries throughout the world.

UNA NZ members come from all areas and walks of life. What brings them together is a shared interest in the work of the United Nations and in trying to make the world a better place. UNA NZ is also affiliated with a number of organisations who are looking for synergies and collaboration. It is supported by the We the People’s Foundation to grow a capital base for the organisation.

Recent activities have covered a diverse range of topics: the UN Global Contract on Migration, Linear to Circular Economy, Sustainable Development Goals as a tool for the post COVID-19 economy, Family Violence in a time of Pandemic, International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Women in Peacekeeping, Youth activism around the world in achieving the 2030 Agenda, and an ASEAN-focused diplomatic event. We also delivered a full day National Conference virtually, looking back over the United Nations at 75, and a week-long campaign to mark the 5th birthday of the SDGs.

Our branches continue to foster scholarship and creative engagement in the work of the United Nations, and our network of enthusiastic members and interns is growing both in New Zealand and abroad.

The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism.


You can read the bios of panellists and speakers here.

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