The Office of Ethnic Affairs Young Leaders programme for 2014 has ended on a high note with three graduation events held in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. The Auckland event served as a combined graduation for Auckland and Hamilton based participants.
The Office of Ethnic Affairs is committed to promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity in New Zealand. We have now published an article on ethnic women entrepreneurs in an international forum – the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.
New Zealand ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCROC) on 6 April 1993. As a State Party to UNCROC, New Zealand must regularly report on our progress under UNCROC. Our next report, the Fifth Periodic Report, is due with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on 5 May 2015.
Shawn Kurian Thomas, 20 year old young leader who participated in the Christchurch Youth Leadership programme, recently received an honourable mention award from The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The two organisations invited youth from all over the world to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of PLURAL+, a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people to explore migration, diversity, and social inclusion, as well as to share their creative vision with the world. Since 2009 over 400 entries from 63 countries have been submitted. Winning videos have been screened in dozens of festivals, and broadcast on television networks around the world.