On this page you can find our latest reports covering a range of relevant topics for New Zealand and the UN. You also find our latest submissions to the NZ government and the UN.
Intro to the Circular Economy: The link to sustainable Development (pdf)- author Nicholas Hutton-Molitor
Abstract: Today’s economy is constantly evolving and seeking to improve or maximise its state of existence. Naturally, the development of alternative methods of thinking have emerged. One possible emerging concept is the idea of a circular economy (CE). But what is the so-called circular economy and where can its fundamental origins be grounded? This article aims to introduce the CE’s conceptual framework and compare it with similar ideas. Among other things, this article aims to connect the CE with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how a CE can be complimentary to the achievement of the SDGs.
Where to find the Circular Economy in New Zealand- An examination of waste management systems (pdf) - author Nicholas Hutton-Molitor
Abstract: The previous article in this series pointed out the Circular Economy (CE) in its theory. This article aims to illustrate practical examples within New Zealand’s economy. These examples complement several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each example will be analysed as to what potential it has in promoting the SDGs. Going from theory to practice, this article attempts to demonstrate the benefits of a CE to the economy of Wellington, New Zealand through the promotion of circular and interconnected business practices.
How can the consideration of sexuality and gender diversity improve outcomes in the SDGs and for queer communities in Aotearoa-New Zealand? (pdf) - author Stella Ivory (April 2018)
Abstract: In the year of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this report considers what more needs to be done to ensure more inclusive development. Despite the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promising a fairer future for the most marginalised groups in society, the goals contain nothing which pertain to people with diverse sexual orientation or gender identity ('queer' herein). A report from the Institute of Development Studies by Elizabeth Mills suggests that this omission further marginalises queer populations and therefore also limits the aspirations of the SDGs. To achieve the SDGs in Aotearoa context, we therefore need to consider the experiences of queer communities within our interpretations of the SDGs.
Indigenous Tourism in Aotearoa – an introductory exploration of Maori tourism and Manaakitanga (pdf) – author Arielle Tracey (March 2018)
Abstract: In 2017 we marked not only International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development but also International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. With the World indigenous Tourism Summit being held in New Zealand this year, it is timely that we focus upon Maori tourism in Aotearoa. This internship report was produced for the UNA NZ by Arielle Tracey, and we congratulate her on this superb essay.
Ki roto i te ngahere: reducing inequalities for rangatahi maori is a national imperative (pdf) - authors Liletina Vaka and Kahu Kutia (June 2017)
Abstract: Presented by Liletina Vaka and Kahu Kutia, and with the guidance of other Māori students in Wellington, this presentation will explore in some detail the social landscape of Aotearoa for young Māori. We will use the framework of the ‘ngahere’, a symbiotic system of relationships to understand the guide questions. What are the rights of a young Māori person in Aotearoa? And how can we sustainably develop their future? We will be exploring the politics of identity and recognition, the current state of progress, and the need for spaces that are autonomous and indigenous.
Piracy and Security in Somalia (pdf) - author Imogen McIvor (Nov 2016 - Feb 2017)
Abstract: My report focuses on how the United Nations has responded to piracy as well as the efforts made by the Somali Government to tackle the root causes. I briefly mention the role New Zealand has taken against piracy, especially during their time on the UN Security Council. However, I do not go into significant detail about the initiatives taken by other individual states and instead briefly outline their naval responses. Furthermore, this report is an introduction to the history of the Somali Civil War and how the economic and political issues of this time caused an increase in piracy. Finally, this report acknowledges the challenges to the international community and Somali Government in reducing piracy but it also outlines various suggestions on how it might be tackled.
Any submissions we make to the UN or the NZ Government will be made available here.
Special Officer Reports
Informative reports written by our special officers that have been presented National Council will be published here.
SO Humanitarian Affairs report by Jean-Paul Bizoza - UNA NZ National Council Meeting November 2019
SO Tangata Whenua report by Dr Mere Skerrett - UNA NZ National Council Meeting November 2019
SO Climate Change and Environment Dr Ivan Chirino-Valle - UNA NZ National Council Meeting November 2019