The past few weeks in the lead up to our delegation’s departure has been nothing short of exciting and unreal: constituting a flurry of errand-running, making the acquaintance of some brilliant and clued-on women who really do shine the way you imagine superstars do
This weekend we had a great time meeting our COP 19 delegates Natalie, Saskia, Lisa and Jerome for their Training Weekend at AUT Business School in Auckland.
The delegates were fortunate enough to hear from experts Jim Salinger, an Auckland-based climate scientist and author of the new book Living in a Warmer World, Barry Coates, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand, and Geoff Keey, Global Campaign Coordinator for Climate Action Network International, about the policy outcomes they should expect from the Conference.
Delegates also learned more about the logistics of the Conference, which will host 9,000 people in Warsaw over the course of two weeks, and about what to expect from the annual Conference of Youth which will take place in the final days before the negotiations commence.
Another highlight was Skyping fellow Kiwi youth from the New Zealand Youth Delegation (NZYD) at their training session in Wellington. NZYD sends a delegation of young New Zealanders to COP each year.
Our delegates will leave in exactly one week, after a morning briefing with the Government’s climate change negotiators on Monday.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Sarah Trotman and AUT Business School for allowing us to use the beautiful Sir Paul Reeves building for our training.
This weekend our Pacific Youth and Sports Conference delegates met for the first time. Their Training Weekend was held in Auckland, and hosted by Papatoetoe High School.
The delegates’ conference will focus on ways in which sport can be used to make positive change in health, education and social inclusion outcomes in their communities. To help them understand these issues in a New Zealand context, they were joined by a number of experts over the course of the weekend.
Other highlights included team building (building spaghetti and marshmallow towers), learning about effective fundraising, a morning sports session, and brainstorming in the delegation’s project groups.
The Institute would like to extend its special thanks to the following speakers:
- Peter Gall, Principal, Papatoetoe High School
- Franck Castillo, Oceania Football Confederation
- Julie Watson, Human Rights Commission
- Rennie Qin, Medical Students for Global Awareness
- Phill Parker, Coever Coaching / Aotearoa Football Charitable Trust
- Kern Mangan-Walker, Generation Zero
- Sally Wu, UN Youth
For their awesome support, thanks too to: