Youth Leaders’ call for action goes to Paris

The Youth Diversity Forum we held in Ōtautahi in October 2019, generated much talk, ideas and a clear vision for the kind of Aotearoa young people want to live in.

The forum culminated in the creation of a key messages document – a call to action from youth – outlining changes they wish to see to race relations in New Zealand. The document asks all sections of society to examine the way they communicate and listen to others, you can read it here: Future New Zealand Race Relations – what NZ youth want

More than 90 young people contributed their voices to this document that then represented New Zealand youth at the 11th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris. The youth forum was an offshoot of the 40th UNESCO General Conference that took place 12-27 November 2019.

Youth leaders in Paris discussing their call to action for UNESCO

In the second week of the conference the 11th Youth Forum brought together 60 young participants from around the world. Ashlee Peacock, one of the New Zealand National Commission’s Aotearoa Youth Leaders, was selected to attend and presented to the group the freshly created document “Future New Zealand Race Relations – what NZ youth want” to her peers during the two day forum.

Future New Zealand Race Relations – what NZ youth want