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United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples Conference 2017

Sep 04 2017
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You are warmly invited to the 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' Conference at the University of Canterbury on Wednesday 13 September. The 13th of September 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Against this backdrop, there will be a line-up of keynote speakers and panellists from diverse socio-political and cultural backgrounds who will be discussing the ways in which the UNDRIP can help to transform communities and create sustainable growth in Aotearoa. Please register via eventbrite and share the flyer using this link

Questioning political candidates about cross-party action on the SDGs 

Aug 03 2017
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In April this year, we asked political partiesWhat is your party's policy on New Zealand's best means of furthering the means and objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals? It is disappointing however, that our letters were not acknowledged while other politicians’ replies have indicated that until the public shows marked interest in these issues, SDGs are not on the agenda. We put together a set of questions you can choose from to ask candidates and politicians leading up the September election:

Questions —
Introduction — In 2015 New Zealand Government signed United Nations Agenda 2030 pledging to take action to ensure our sustainability during future environmental and societal disruptions. Further, this agreement gives us an opportunity to advance New Zealand’s future in a comprehensive planned way. It appears that there has been little political activity on this essential matter.

    ▪    What do you think of New Zealand’s commitment to implementing the Sustainability Goals and what cross-party actions on it will you initiate or support?

    ▪    What cross-party Government institutional mechanisms and policy frameworks will you and your party put in place to ensure this essential work goes ahead at high priority? Many other countries have instituted dedicated Commissions for Sustainability. Do you plan to set one up here? 

    ▪    Will you require that all parliamentary, departmental and agency activities include a statement of compliance to relevant Sustainability Goals to protect our future generations?

    ▪    What processes will you put in place to consult with civil society on the Sustainability Goals as the New Zealand Government pledged by signing Agenda 2030?

    ▪    In particular what cross-party action do you propose for New Zealand to meet UN Agenda 2030 Goal X, Target Y which states ……..? (Relevant to you or your organization.) 

Address by Dr Rod Alley on the new Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty

Aug 03 2017
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The Nuclear Free NZ Peacemaker Heritage Poster Exhibition and Sustainable Architecture Student Project was held at the  between 18-26 July, and sponsored by the Peace And Disarmament Education Trust, Victoria University of Wellington & the United Nations Association of NZ. Dr Rod Alley made some important comments at the exhibition celebration and you can now read his address here

Nuclear Free NZ Peacemaker Poster Exhibition Event

Jul 17 2017
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UNA NZ is sponsoring this exhibition of anti-nuclear posters and celebrating 30 years of Nuclear Weapon-free NZ. We hope you can join us on Wednesday 26 July between 1-2pm to celebrate this event. The exhibition will be on display from 18 -26 July.

Reporting from the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Negotiations

Jul 06 2017
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JUNE – Four New Zealanders representing various civil society organisations, including UNANZ, are currently at the UN participating in the second round of negotiations for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Unlike chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons have not yet been outlawed internationally, despite being the most destructive, inhumane weapons of terror ever invented. Read the report by clicking on this link. 

Dame Laurie Salas and the Fierce Urgency of Freedom from the Sum of Nuclear Fears by Ramesh Thakur

Jun 29 2017
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For someone who has made a professional living by words, I could not even begin to express the depth of honour at being asked to deliver the Laurie Salas Oration. I am touched and humbled in equal measure. It is a measure of Laurie’s giant stature that so many are gathered here today to honour her memory and pay tribute to her legacy. And, when I look around the room, not just so many people – but what people! In the words of the great Irish poet WB Yeats, it might truly be said of Laurie: “And say my glory was I had such friends.”

Dates for regional Speech Competitions confirmed

Apr 10 2017
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The regional dates for our annual speech competitions have now been confirmed. UNA NZ runs an annual high school speech competition, involving schools across New Zealand on major UN related issues. It has become one of the highlights of our year, and cumulates in the regional branch winners being funded to attend our National Conference, to compete on a national level. Regional dates are available here

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