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United Nations Association of New Zealand

International Year of
Ecotourism and The Mountains


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United Nations Association of New Zealand

Conference 2002

May 8 - 12

Conference Overview

Every year the United Nations Association of New Zealand (Inc), (UNANZ) holds its Annual Conference, Annual National Secondary School Speech Competition and its Annual General Meting in May. In 2002, the dates are May 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. A different branch undertakes the responsibility to host the event each year. The United Nations Association of New Zealand (Inc) Northern Region Branch is hosting the event in 2002.

We are fortunate to have the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), co-hosting the UNANZ Conference 2002 with us, and it will be held in the AUT Conference Center.

The theme of the event is always based around the United Nations designated, "International Year of." Recognizing its global importance, the United Nations designated the year 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism and the International Year of Mountains, and its Commission on Sustainable Development requested international agencies, governments and the private sector to undertake supportive activities. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) And the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have joined forces in the preparation and coordination of some activities to be undertaken at the international level during the year.

It is our hope that all speakers at the UNANZ Conference 2002 would provoke and challenge people's thought processes "beyond the square" so to speak.

Hopefully, participants are then moved to create a new state of awareness and are prompted to look at ways of how we can make our planet and those who are a part of it, a safe and poison free place for our children and grandchildren to live on. As you know, the state of our planet is well documented by the United Nations, and many commentators from all over the world. It is our sincere hope that people will also be compelled into activity to achieve these ends. We believe it is now time for action to redeem past mistakes, and prevent further mistakes happening from now and into the future.

No excuses any more. To this end, this year we have the opportunity to focus on Ecotourism and the Mountains.

One of the main objectives of the UNANZ Conference 2002 will be to devise resolutions/remits that will be presented, via our New Zealand delegates, to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, beginning on Monday, August 26, and concluding on Wednesday, September 4, 2002.


Auckland University of Technology

The Tourism Research Institute

Contact: UNANZ, United Nations Association of New Zealand
Peter Honeybun, President, Northern Region Branch.+64- 09-827-8830