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From the Executive Director

Dear <<First Name>>

The relevance of the Commonwealth to New Zealanders has taken on a poignant significance lately with the catastrophic outbreak of Ebola in many African member states. The virus is spreading through Africa nine times faster than it was two months ago. In Sierra Leone alone, twelve new cases a day are being treated in rural communities compared to one to two cases in early September.
According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 13,000 cases have been recorded but the real number of infections and deaths could be much higher. It is heartening to see organisations like the Royal Commonwealth Society dedicating time and resources to working to combat this deadly outbreak.

Since my last message, New Zealand was elected to the United Nations Security Council. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing the New Zealand team, led by Jim McClay, take the lead on many of the global issues facing the United Nations, and indeed, the Commonwealth. I congratulate all those officials involved in New Zealand's campaign.

This week I am traveling to London for the inaugural meeting of The Queen's Young Leaders Award advisory panel. Over the last week, I have assessed many applications from across the Commonwealth and I am amazed with the high calibre and variety of different projects young people are carrying out to better their communities. 

 
Aaron Hape
Executive Director 
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand
aaron.hape@commonwealthyouth.org.nz | +63 27 739 6382
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The Commonwealth Secretariat has announced the launch of a Young Professionals Programme as part of its ongoing commitment to youth development and empowerment.

Qualified young people from Commonwealth member countries will be given the opportunity to contribute to the Commonwealth’s work in international development and democracy, and to build their skills in its culturally diverse, professional environment. Click here to learn more or to apply for one of the 17 positions.
New Zealand elected to UN Security Council
Commonwealth Youth New Zealand extends warm congratulations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other associated parties on a resounding victory in securing a seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2015 and 2016.

Prime Minister John Key said  "We have worked very hard on the bid for close to a decade because we believe that New Zealand can make a positive difference to world affairs and provide a unique and independent voice at the world's top table."

"Our win proves small countries have a role to play at the UN and we are determined to represent the perspective of small states at the Securty Council."
Finalists for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards announced
Congratulations to all those named as finalists for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards. The awards acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of outstanding youth workers from across the Commonwealth and the winner will be announced on 5 November.

Katherine Ellis, Director of Youth at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “Youth workers inspire, empower and support young people, playing a vital role in their individual development, and also in national development. With these awards, we are giving the youth work profession the credit and recognition it rightly deserves.”
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