United Nations Youth Australia

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UN Youth Australia Ltd.
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Motto Young Australians leading global change
Founded 1970
Type Charity and Company limited by guarantee
Focus Youth empowerment
International Relations
United Nations
Headquarters Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Key people
CEO: Jonty Katz
Board Chair: Oliver Mills
Affiliations World Federation of United Nations Associations
via United Nations Association of Australia
Website www.unyouth.org.au
Formerly called
United Nations Youth Association of Australia / United Nations Association of Australia Youth

UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led charity that aims to build the people’s movement for the United Nations through the education and empowerment of young Australians. Operated by volunteers ages 24 and under, it is part of the global network of United Nations Youth Associations. Each year, over 15,000 secondary school students participate in UN Youth Australia's range of peer-to-peer education programs and events.[1]

Structure[edit]

UN Youth Australia is a federal organisation overseen by the National Executive and Board of Directors, with divisions in each state and territory overseen by independent executives. Each division is run independently and collaborate to organise national events and programs, such as the National Conference and the National Finals of the Evatt Competition.

Aims[edit]

UN Youth Australia promotes the ideals and the work of the United Nations. While these aims are similar to that of conventional United Nations Associations in advocating the United Nations Charter and educating young people about the structure and functions of the United Nations, the organisation also seeks to provide young Australians with a global education that gives them a deep knowledge of the social and political problems confronting the world and the skills to address them.

Activities[edit]

UN Youth Australia is run entirely by a team of over 1,000 volunteers, all aged 16-25.

National Activities[edit]

UN Youth Australia holds three annual national events: the UN Youth National Conference, the National Finals of the Evatt Competition, a UN Security Council Competition named after Dr H.V. Evatt, and the National Finals of the Voice Competition, a public speaking competition. Participants in these conferences are students from secondary schools across Australia. The conferences are held in Australian capital cities designated on a rotational system.[2]

National Conference[edit]

Evatt Competition[edit]

UN Youth Australia and its state and territory divisions organises one of the largest high school tournament in Australia: the National Evatt Competition which is a UN Security Council Model United Nations competition named after the distinguished Australian politician, diplomat and jurist Dr H.V. Evatt.

Voice Competition[edit]

International Activities[edit]

In addition to domestic conferences, UN Youth Australia also operates five international tours.

United States[edit]

Each year in January, a delegation of secondary school students tours the United States, meeting US and UN officials in Washington, D.C. and New York.

Europe[edit]

Also in January, UN Youth Australia sends a delegation of secondary school students to visit the United Nations Office at Geneva as part of a European tour focusing on international relations, modern history, and organisations in Europe relevant to global politics.

Timor-Leste[edit]

In July UN Youth Australia runs the Pacific Project which, in partnership with Destination Dreaming, arranges for secondary school students to visit development projects, meet diplomats, see NGO operations first hand, and have a chance to experience life in East Timor.

New Zealand[edit]

Also in July, the organisation sends a delegation of secondary school students on the Aotearoa Leadership Tour which promotes interculturalism and engagement between indigenous and non-indigenous young Australians through a tour of New Zealand focusing on Māori culture and Maori-Pākehā relations, organised in close collaboration with UN Youth New Zealand.

Middle East[edit]

In 2015, UN Youth Australia began the Middle East Experience program, in which secondary school delegates tour 2 countries in the region.

Divisional Activities[edit]

Divisions of UN Youth Australia also coordinate events in their State or Territory, such as annual State Conferences and divisional rounds of the Evatt Competition, educative school visits and speakers forums.

Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations[edit]

Each year since 1999, UN Youth Australia works with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to select and support a Youth Representative to the United Nations General Assembly. The Youth Representative holds an extensive, nationwide consultation tour to engage with and discover the issues that are most important to young Australians, and travels to New York as an accredited member of the Australian Mission to represent Australian youth at the United Nations.

Office holders[edit]

Name Year UNGA Statement References
Andrew Hudson 1999
Carrie McDougall 2000
Kirsten Hagon 2001 [3]
Rebecca Jenkin 2002
Adam Smith 2003 [4]
Cat Thao Nguyen 2004
Ben Whitehouse 2005
Elise Klein 2006 [5]
Ben Groom 2007 [6]
Elizabeth Shaw and Melanie Poole 2008 [7] conjointly held
Chris Varney 2009 [8]
Samah Hadid 2010 [9]
Benson Saulo 2011 [10][11]
Dan Ryan 2012 [12]
Adam Pulford 2013 [13]
Laura John 2014 [14]
Shea Spierings 2015 [15]
Chris Eigeland 2016 [16]
Paige Burton 2017

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://unyouth.org.au/who-we-are/
  2. ^ "The Evatt Competition". UN Youth Australia. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. ^ [1] Statement by Ms Kirsten Hagon, Youth Representative, for the Australian Delegation, 9 October 2001. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  4. ^ [2] Statement by Mr Adam Smith, Australian Youth Representative, 6 October 2003. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  5. ^ [3] Statement by Elise Klein, Youth Representative, 3 October 2006. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  6. ^ [4] Statement by Mr Ben Groom, Youth Representative, 9 October 2007. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  7. ^ [5] Statement by Ms Elizabeth Shaw and Ms Melanie Poole, Australian Youth Representatives to the United Nations, 7 October 2008. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  8. ^ [6] Statement by Mr Christopher Varney, Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, 6 October 2009. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  9. ^ [7] Statement by Samah Hadid, Australian Youth Representative, 4 October 2010. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  10. ^ [8] Mr. Benson Saulo, 2011 High-level Meeting on Youth, 111th Plenary Meeting 26 July 2011
  11. ^ [9] Statement by Benson Saulo, Australian Youth Representative, 4 October 2011. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  12. ^ [10] Statement by Mr Dan Ryan, Australian Youth Delegate, 8 October 2012. Australian Mission to the United Nations
  13. ^ [11] Statement by Mr Adam Pulford, Australian Youth Representative, 7 October 2012. Australia Mission to the United Nations
  14. ^ [12] Statement of Laura John, Australian Youth Representative, 7 October 2014
  15. ^ [13] Statement of Shea Spierings, Australian Youth Delegate, 7 October 2015
  16. ^ [14], Statement of Chris Eigleland, Australian Youth Representative, 5 October 2016. Australian Mission to the United Nations