Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassadors 2013 to Tackle Global Issues

8 March, 2013

Young Kiwis Join UNICEF to Tackle Global Issues
-UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassadors 2013 -

Six passionate young New Zealanders from across the country have been chosen to join the UNICEF NZ (UN Children’s Fund) Youth Ambassador team for 2013. They are:

• Ruby Sands, 18, Wellington
• Tamara Jenkin, 17, Wellington
• Jamie Wood, 16, Dunedin
• Ella Stolwerk, 16, Auckland
• Liam Stretch, 16, Christchurch
• Brad Olsen, 16, Whangarei

The new UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassadors successfully made it through an in-depth selection process and will begin to work with the charity next week, taking action to improve the lives of children around the world and advocate for children in New Zealand.

The successful teens will join the existing team of Youth Ambassadors who are Ben Dowdle, 18, (Auckland), Sharndre Kushor, 18, (Auckland), Akane Sandom, 19, (Wellington) and Nasif Azam, 18, (Christchurch). The new Ambassadors launch into their role this weekend after attending a workshop at UNICEF NZ’s offices in Wellington.

The training weekend will provide an opportunity for the new and existing Ambassadors to get to know each other, learn more about the mission and values of UNICEF and gain the skills needed to raise awareness in their communities on current global issues. The Ambassadors will also have the chance to share ideas about how to make a difference and brainstorm activities they can get involved in throughout the year.

As well as including training on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Youth Ambassador program will include a practical focus on media skills and how to use communications for advocacy.

Last year the Youth Ambassadors successfully ran events at their school, gave interviews, wrote blogs and took part in the Live Below the Line Challenge for UNICEF NZ. Once again, the Ambassadors will work with the charity to create their own program of activities on the issues they care about from education and climate change, to HIV/AIDS in developing countries.

Pip Bennett, Advocacy Manager at UNICEF NZ, said “Once again we‘re amazed by the high caliber of youth who applied for the Youth Ambassador role. We are so excited about joining with six more talented youth to tackle some really important issues together.

“It’s so important that our young people share their views on issues that affect them and their peers in New Zealand and around the world. Often excluded from the political process, our young people are in need of a platform to be heard, and so we are excited about joining with more New Zealand youth this year to generate more quality discussions and bring about change.”

Akane Sandom, one of the UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassadors going into her second term, said, “It is great to be part of the UNICEF team. We feel like we achieved some great things last year and have plans to do even more this year. We’re already ticking over even more ideas for events and initiatives we want to make happen, so watch this space!”

UNICEF NZ started its Youth Ambassador program in 2010 to coincide with the International Year of Youth. Ambassadors have been involved with a range of activities including attending the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress in Auckland and taking part in the youth consultation workshops in the run up to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

www.unicef.org.nz
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

About UNICEF

UNICEF is on the ground in over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.

UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Every $1 donated to us is worth at least $10 in the field thanks to the way we work in partnership with governments, local NGOs and other partners.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Kim Workman: Reality Check Needed For Public Service Reoffending Target

Reducing the prison population results in a reduction in re-offending. Shortening sentences reduces reoffending... More>>

ALSO:

PSA: Minister Should Stop Dodging On Salisbury School

"The decision around the future of Salisbury School has been overdue for months, and the ambiguity is leaving parents, staff and students in limbo. It’s time the Minister stopped hiding, muddying the waters and being dishonest about her Ministry’s intentions," says Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news