Universal Periodic Review 21-25 January 2019
AOTEAROA YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
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, AYLIâ€™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, weâ€™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.
Universal Periodic Review The Universal Periodic Review was established in 2006, and is the only process of its kind: a state-driven process that examines the human rights records of each of the 193 United Nations member states. Once every five years, every country reports to the United Nations on how it is implementing its human rights obligations under international human rights law and standards, and receives recommendations from other
states on how to improve. The aim of the UPR is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. In January 2019 at the UPR's 32nd session, New Zealand will be up for its third UPR alongside 13 other countries. After months of consultation and submissions, the session in Geneva is the opportunity to witness the final part of the UPR process - an in-
person review in front of the UPR Working Group. Our last UPR in 2014 highlighted a need for New Zealand to improve its record on indigenous and gender-related
rights issues. Our review in 2019 will show whether we’ve made progress in these areas, and will act as a key resource for human rights campaigners in Aotearoa.
The Experience. We will provide training and resources in the lead-up to the conference, 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 a Wellington-based Training Weekend from 25-28 October. This training is longer than normal to take advantage of the unique opportunity of training led by Geneva-based NGO UPR-Info, and to take part in an in-country UPR Pre-Session. Before you leave, you’ll also begin a research project on a specific aspect of the conference, to be completed after you get back. You’ll leave for Geneva together with your delegation, departing Auckland on or around 14 January. When you arrive in Geneva you'll take a local tour to find your feet - you'll then visit local NGOs, thinktanks and officials before taking a couple of days of
downtime to make the most of being in the world's diplomatic capital. New Zealand's UPR will take place on the first morning of the 32nd UPR Session, on 21 January. Throughout the rest of the week you'll also witness the reviews of a range of other countries, from Yemen to Chile, before the report on New Zealand is adopted on Friday afternoon. Your return flight to Auckland will arrive back on or around 30 January though if you want to keep travelling, or want to attend the second week of the UPR, 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 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 Fellowship Mentor 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.
Who should apply?
How do you choose who gets to go?
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 any or all of human rights, New Zealand's global reputation, international politics and law. This programme will be particularly valuable to students and young professionals who intend to pursue relevant careers.
We appoint an independent panel of three to four people who are experts in the subject of your conference or work with young people. They assess each application one-by-one, and determine a ranking based on your applications. We choose delegates we think will learn new things from the experience but who have enough prior experience and knowledge to make the most of it.
...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!
international 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 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 Wellington. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have any out-of-pocket expenses? We cover all the main things: your
The Costs. The cost of the Instituteâ€™s delegation will be NZ$5,515 per person. As a small non-profit organisation, we unfortunately don't have the money to provide subsidies or scholarships for 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 potential sponsors, too.
Quote unquote. Rachel Mataira, Tax Consultant “Being an AYLI delegate has, without exaggeration, changed my life. Being surrounded with the sharpest minds from a range of backgrounds and beliefs was enormously valuable. The AYLI experience has helped me understand which pathway I want to take." Kevin Howe, Med Student “There were so many different highlights that I don't think I can realistically write them all down. Between meeting people from all different fields across the world, learning more about international policy than I could've ever imagined before, and becoming friends with a wonderful delegation, I think that honestly the whole experience was just one big highlight. The whole experience before, during, and after have been nothing short of incredible.”
Dewy Sacayan, Lawyer “Being a law student, my perceptions about how global politics works were built on theory. AYLI has opened my eyes to how international law and politics actually work in practice. It has given me the opportunity to learn from incredibly intelligent people. And most importantly, it has enabled me to stand for and defend my beliefs in the international context.”
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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