Call on Auckland youth to help shape future

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UNICEF NZ is inviting young people from Auckland to attend the UNICEF NZ Youth Congress which is being held in Christchurch from July 11-13, 2014.

They will join Alexi Carlier, Cordelia Oh and Nadya Fauzia from Auckland who are currently UNICEF NZ Youth Ambassadors.

Interested attendees are asked to apply as soon as possible in order to secure their place.

The programme is looking for 15-20 year olds who have a strong interest in world issues, including poverty and health, and are passionate about the rights of children globally. This year's congress will also have an added local focus prompted by the general election due to take place in September.

The Congress will be an opportunity for the 45 chosen participants to learn more about children's rights and the issues UNICEF works on, as well as having a practical focus on media skills and campaigning, and how to use communications for advocacy. Ahead of the upcoming election, there will also be a focus on active participation to ensure the issues they care about are high on the agendas of all political parties.

Jacqui Southey, Child Rights Education Advisor at UNICEF NZ, said, "If you're a young person with a real passion for children's rights, a true interest in both global and local issues and want to learn how to raise your voice on the areas that matter most to you, then this Congress is the ideal opportunity!

"Our Christchurch location this year is the perfect setting for NZ's young people to collaborate and learn how they can actively participate and have a voice in both local and global issues. It will also be an opportunity to see first-hand how the young people of Christchurch are using innovation and creative thinking to overcome the many challenges they faced following the devastating 2011 Earthquake.

"Our first ever Youth Congress was held in 2011 to coincide with the International Year of Youth. It was such a fantastic event that inspired young people to raise awareness about global and local issues in their community. We've now made the Congress an annual event with 2014 the third Congress so far. We can't wait to see what's in store from this year's participants.

"We're preparing for an action packed weekend where young people will leave feeling empowered, having met other passionate young people from around New Zealand, and will be ready to take action. Join us to make a difference for children around the world".

For further information on how to apply go to www.unicef.org.nz/YouthCongress

- The Aucklander

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