In this opinion piece, Anika John reflects on how the UPR has impacted how she views human rights issues in New Zealand. A short blog that reflects on her trip to Geneva, to observe New Zealand in the Universal Periodic Review in January of 2019.
In January 2019, New Zealand’s compliance with international human rights treaties and norms will once again come under scrutiny at the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Ahead of this five-yearly review by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, in October the New Zealand Human Rights Commission facilitated the first-ever in-country pre-sessions held in three locations around NZ.
Between pasture and cropland used to feed livestock, 41% of the land in the U.S.A is used for animal agriculture. In contrast, about 5% of the land is used to feed humans. Sound ridiculous? That’s because it is.
Education is one of the most powerful tools that we have to tackle climate change, argued Irina Bovoka, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), when she spoke at COP22 in Marrakech earlier this week.
New Zealand youth travel to the United Nations Environment Assembly to help the global effort to protect the environment. Meanwhile, major budget cuts back home show that the environment is not a priority for the New Zealand Government.
Today was the first day of COP21. We left our hostel at 6:30am and caught the train to Le Bourget in the dark. Apologies at this stage for the brief and possibly bland blog – I am already seriously suffering from the effects of a COP sleep schedule.
Once inside the venue, I somehow managed to get separated from my delegation by walking into a restricted area with heads of State, and then spent an hour trying to find my way around the massive conference centre using the few and far between, unoriented maps. Finally I arrived at the 8am meeting room for the Spokescouncil of YOUNGO (the youth constituency of the UNFCCC).
The Institute is thrilled and honoured to have received a Ministry of Youth Development Youth Champion Award.
The award "is awarded to an individual or an organisation who has made a significant contribution to young people in areas such as (but not limited to) the arts, culture, the environment or sport".