The Youth Declaration 2021

UN Youth is excited to announce that the Youth Declaration 2021 is finally out!  Find it at

The Youth Declaration 2021 highlights the priorities that youth would like to see addressed in Aotearoa. It was created by youth from all walks of life who attended UN Youth's national civics conference for high school students, Aotearoa Youth Declaration (AYD). 

AYD is a four-day conference that gathers 150-350 young people from all over the country to share their views on the decisions being made now and into the future. They are placed in groups learning and sharing on the topics they're passionate about - from climate change to mental health to modernising NCEA. All their views are compiled in the Youth Declaration 2021.

We encourage you to share the declaration far and wide. Everyone is welcome to read this document - from family members to friends to schools to councils to local businesses to elected MPs. We hope that everyone reflects on how we all have something to offer to help our communities flourish. This is embodied by the well-known whakataukī the conference was centered around: Nā to rourou, nā taku rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. (With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive.)

We are incredibly proud to share this document with Aotearoa. More so, we feel optimistic knowing that our future is in the hands of such open-minded, thoughtful, and passionate rangatahi. Ngā mihi nui to all of our amazing participants, speakers, partners, sponsors, and volunteers for bringing the conference to life!

Please reach out if you have any questions or wish to support our kaupapa in any way.