As­pir­ing diplo­mat to ex­plore world pol­i­tics

North Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - ZIZI SPARKS

‘‘Any op­por­tu­nity we have to see the world is im­por­tant.’’

At just 17, Amy Irvine al­ready dreams of be­ing a diplo­mat, or on the United Na­tions.

And she’s chas­ing her dreams. She’s been se­lected for the UN Youth Global De­vel­op­ment Tour in early 2018.

Along with 21 other sec­ondary school stu­dents, she’ll visit seven coun­tries and learn about in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics.

They’ll visit ev­ery­thing from New York’s United Na­tions head­quar­ters to Rome’s Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘It’s an ed­u­ca­tion trip. We’re learn­ing about the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals,’’ Irvine said. ‘‘We’ll be vis­it­ing some UN in­sti­tutes, talk­ing to peo­ple work­ing within the UN and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.’’

The Al­bany res­i­dent is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited to take part in a model UN in New York, which sees stu­dents given a na­tion to rep­re­sent in mock dis­cus­sions on top­ics rang­ing from trade to ter­ror­ism.

Irvine said be­ing in­volved in the United Na­tions youth branch means meet­ing like-minded and in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, as well as learn­ing new skills.

‘‘What in­spired me was there are very few op­por­tu­ni­ties in New Zealand like this. New Zealand is quite small, so any op­por­tu­nity we have to see the world is im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly with my in­ter­est in in­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics.’’

The fo­cus of the trip is on the UN’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals and Irvine is fundrais­ing on Givealit­tle.

Amy Irvine has been se­lected for the UN Youth Global De­vel­op­ment Tour.

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