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UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 26-28 November 2018


About us. Since 2013, the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute has provided New Zealand youth with the leadershipbuilding opportunity of attending international conferences addressing significant world issues. Inspired by the experiences they had had overseas and at global conferences, AYLI’s founders believed that more New Zealand youth needed to be included in conversations about global affairs and given access to opportunities at an international level.

To date, we’ve taken over 150 young Kiwis overseas, where they get to be at the forefront of global decisionmaking. As well as meeting numerous international leaders in business, trade, campaigning, diplomacy and academia, they have been challenged by new ideas and new experiences. Our delegations have consistently received excellent feedback, leading to us being recognised by the Ministry of Youth Development with a 2015 Youth Week Youth Champion Award.

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. This year’s United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights will bring together over 2000 participants at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the theme of 'business respect for human rights – building on what works". Held annually since 2011, the Forum is the world’s largest annual


gathering and premier networking event for those working on business and human rights. In over 60 panel discussions across three days, the programme will cover issues from the impacts of climate change to supply chain management, addressing modern slavery, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Experience. We will provide training and resources in the lead-up to the Forum, ensuring you are well-prepared to make the most of your experience. You will get to know your delegation both online and in person, in an Auckland-based Training Weekend from 10-11 November. Before you leave, you’ll begin a research project on a specific aspect of the Forum, to be completed after you get back. You’ll leave for Geneva together with your delegation, departing Auckland on or around 18 November. On arrival in Geneva, you’ll begin your time by familiarising yourself with the city on a walking tour and by checking out some of the city's attractions. You'll then spend your first few days visiting various Genevabased organisations to meet with

experts who will share their perspectives on the Forum's many subjects. At the Business and Human Rights Forum itself, you'll hear speakers from around the world address a range of massive issues, and you'll have the chance to network with thousands of attendees from law, business, civil society, governments, national human rights institutions, the investment sector, trade unions, and academia. Your return flight to Auckland will arrive back on or around 1 December though if you want to keep travelling, you can ask us to change your return flight. Once you’re home, we’ll help you find a six month or longer volunteering opportunity to allow you to pass on and use the skills you’ve learned from your experience.


Your Fellowship. Your trip overseas is just one part of your journey with us; when you are accepted as an AYLI delegate, you also begin your AYLI Fellowship. The goals of our Fellowship programme are to: • Redefine your understanding of leadership as a skill area everyone can embrace and develop, rather than as something only for those few that our society names as ‘leaders’ • Encourage you to think critically about the world and your values, and how those values interact with your identity and your plans for the future

• Give you an experience that has the potential to be trajectory changing and drastically impact your future contribution to our world and to New Zealand Your Fellowship has five key components: your Training Weekend, four blog posts for our website, your overseas experience, a research project using a medium of your choice (designed in conjunction with our Programme Coordinators to challenge you at your level of experience), and a volunteer commitment of at least six months for a charitable purpose. We’ll be there to mentor you through it all too.

FAQ. Who should apply? This programme is open to New Zealand-based youth, or New Zealand citizens, aged 18 and over at the time of the conference. Applicants should be interested in development, inclusive growth, the digital economy and international collaboration. This programme will be particularly valuable to students and young professionals who intend to pursue relevant careers in the business, non-


profit or public sectors, but we encourage anyone to apply! How do you choose who gets to go? We appoint an independent panel of three to four people who are experts in the subject of your conference or representatives from youth organisations. They assess each application one-by-one, and determine a ranking based on your applications

...and how about the Head Delegate? Where possible, our Head Delegates are our alumni. They know AYLI well and will ensure you get the best possible experience while you’re away! Depending on the conference, we will either shoulder-tap or invite applications to fill the role. Are the Training Weekends compulsory? Yes, they are - our alumni will tell you they add exponential value to your conference experience, and they’re possibly your only chance to meet your whole delegation before you leave. If you’re based overseas, we’ll arrange for you to call in to our sessions - we expect you to join as many as reasonably possible despite any time differences. Where will I be staying while I’m away? When choosing accommodation for our delegations, we try to strike a balance between privacy, comfort and affordability. In the past, our delegates have stayed in hostels, private apartments and hotels. You may share a room or (double) bed with other delegates. We do ensure, though, that you’re staying somewhere safe, and that you have access to wifi!

travel, any conference costs, a tour of the city, and your training. Because we know that everyone has a different budget, we let you buy and prepare your own food - apart from for three meals that you’ll share with your delegation. We also don’t cover any travel or accommodation you may need to attend your Training Weekend in Auckland. For more information, please see the Delegate Agreement, and the section below on Costs. Can I fundraise? We encourage you to ask your family and your community for direct support, and will issue you a letter of endorsement to help. You're also welcome to set up a personal fundraising profile online. Can I do some personal travel while I’m away? You can! While we encourage you to travel together with your delegation to your conference, you’re welcome to request a change to your flights before or afterward to allow you to do some more sightseeing. We’ll put you in touch with our travel agent directly, and invoice you for any extra costs (see the Delegate Agreement for more details). If you have any more questions, do get in touch at

Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses? We cover all the main things: your


The costs. The cost of the Institute’s delegation will be NZ$5,400 per person. As a small charity, we unfortunately don’t have the money to provide subsidies or scholarships to any of our delegates. We think transparency is really important though, so we’ve put together a guide to show ‘Where


Your Money Goes’ that’s available for you on the delegation page on our website - you’re welcome to share this with any potential sponsors, too.

Quote unquote. Suzy McKinney, Doctor “My trip in 2014 to COP 20 in Lima exposed me to so many different ways of living as an individual, structuring a society and governing as a community that I broadened the way I defined success in a way that was very transformative. A +++ would AYLI again, anytime.” Daniel Kleinsman, Lawyer (Māori Law) “I joined the delegation to the 2017 OECD Forum without knowing what to expect, but with a deep desire to engage. As a (then) law student and a youth worker, I have a strong sense of social justice, but I had never had a chance to comprehend this in economic terms. The OECD Forum and AYLI experience gave me this opportunity. It was both informative and empowering, and it challenges me to translate my convictions into sustained and substantive action..” Victoria Thomson, Foreign Policy Officer “Being part of the AYLI delegation to COP22 and witnessing global politics first-hand after spending four years studying it was eye opening, motivating, rewarding and transformative. Being amongst tens of thousands of ambitious people passionate about the same thing, and making lifelong friendships, made it an unforgettable experience. If I could be a part of every AYLI delegation, I would - hands down.”

Benj Brooking, Filmmaker and AYLI Board Chair “Being part of an AYLI delegation brings you alongside amazing young people from across the country and across many different interests and disciplines. As a Head Delegate I was able to pass on my experiences, but I also made valuable connections and continued to learn a great deal from everyone on the team.”


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UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018 - Delegation Prospectus  

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018 - Delegation Prospectus