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Youth Development

 

Legal Advisor

UK and international

NGO submissions and representation - various

2000-present

Pro Bono work on various international cases and Amicus Curiae submissions concerning Children’s Rights, e.g.:

A Children 2000 (Conjoined twins case) (UK) (see Washington Post article Sep 24, 2000: Why Change the Rules For Twins Like Them?)

 

National Marketing Director

UK

NGO: British Junior Chamber

2001-2002

National Marketing Director British Junior Chamber, 2001-02; Member London JC 2000-2001

Launched programmes with NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) to protect children.

 

Programme Management

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1998-1999

Japan Academy Delegate; National Vice President Business and Marketing New Zealand, 1998-99.  Participated in the Japan Academy 1998 (2 weeks focused on global diplomacy, inc. environmental programme to protect Asian Marshlands).  Hosted Minister of Foreign Affairs and other members of the Japanese government in NZ on a sustainable development programme (1 week 1998).

 

Programme Management

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1997-1998

National Debating Team (New Zealand), National Convention Team (Cert. Distinction) 1997-1998

 

Expert Local Government & Public Services (Insight Consulting)

New Zealand

Christchurch City Council

June 1996 – 1997

Local Government: Integrated Customer Services Strategy & Change – Tourism, Parks, Finance…

Christchurch City Council, New Zealand (Nov 96 – Nov 1997). 

Facilitated focus groups and drafted position papers with the view to developing an approach for integrating youth within local communities.

 

Accredited Trainer

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1992-1998

Sample programmes: presentation skills, project management, job skills for the unemployed, small business development, JCI Prime.

 

Select Committee Submissions

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1990-1996

Advisor Parliamentary Select Committee for Youth, New Zealand, 1990-1996. Drafted and obtained approval for submissions and presented submissions, 1990-1996.

 

Youth Speaks for New Zealand Programme Director and Advisor on World Youth Festival

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1990

Certificate of Distinction – Youth Speaks for New Zealand Programme Director (held in conjunction with New Zealand’s Youth Forum and the World Youth Festival 1990). 

 

Committee Member National Youth Leaders Forum

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1990-1991

Committee member New Zealand government’s National Youth Leaders Forum (included assisting high school students in parliamentary debates, international trade games…): 1990-1991

 

Just Say No Programme

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1989-1991

Founding, & New Zealand National Committee, Member « Just Say No » - Result: introduced an anti-drug/peer pressure programme to New Zealand schools, 1989-1991.(We also launched another programme under the umbrella “Dare”).  Both programmes were adopted by the New Zealand Police.

 

Projects Commission Director

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1989

Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Achievement as Projects Commission Director in 1989

 

Regional Co-ordinator Youth Speaks for New Zealand

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1989

Christchurch Jaycee Regional Co-ordinator Youth Speaks for New Zealand (high school public speaking competitions managed by New Zealand Jaycees), 1989.

 

Expert Advisor Education Services (Insight Consulting)

New Zealand, USA, Australia, Canada

Tai Poutini Polytechnic, Otago University, Educational Institutions

May 90 – June 1992

Education Services: Rural Tele-Education.  Transferred distance-learning technologies from Australia/Canada to NZ.  Negotiated content deals & delivered distance-learning programmes relevant to isolated Pacific islands & rural districts within New Zealand, e.g., TaiPoutini Polytechnic.

 

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Programme

International

NGO: JCI

1988-1992

Member of an international JCI committee that promoted children’s rights.  Secured commitments from more than 114 governments to sign and ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  In addition, the JCI committee, representing more than 500,000 members’ worldwide, launched advocacy programmes tailoring countries that continued to breach fundamental rights of the child.  The CRC was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989.  Entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49. 

As at November 2009, the USA and Somalia remained the only two countries that had not ratified the CRC. 

Somalia was previously unable to proceed to ratification as it had no recognized government.  On Nov 20 2009, Reuters reported that Somalia had announced its intent to ratify the CRC.

The most severe legal concerns in the US have related to some states authorising the death penalty for children, contrary to Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which prevents torture and deprivation of liberty.  Both capital punishment and life imprisonment without the possibility of release are prohibited for offences committed by persons below 18 years.  [Other relevant international provisions: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ("ICCPR"), Article 6(5)].

In 2005, the US Supreme Court decision in Roper v. Simmons held that the execution of juveniles is unconstitutional (US Supreme Court: Roper v. Simmons, 03-633) 543 U.S. 551 (2005) 112 S. W. 3d 397, affirmed; Argued October 13, 2004; Decided March 1, 2005 by a vote of 5-4).  Held that the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments forbid imposition of the death penalty on offenders who were under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed.

Some US states dissent to provisions of the CRC that prohibit other forms of violence, exploitation, discrimination and neglect due to the burden on social security and the cost of compliance.  Other US states dissent to Article 12 of the CRC, which obliges judicial and administrative proceedings affecting a child to provide that child with the opportunity to be heard, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law, due to conflicting policy agendas.

 

Programme Manager West Coast Nissan Young Driver

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1988

Convened Nissan Young Driver programme at the district level, which was televised.  (Young drivers tested their driving skills and knowledge of traffic rules and safety).  Negotiated the final prize with Nissan (a new car for the national winner) and managed various prize giving’s at local, regional and national levels.

 

Local Chapter President, Greymouth, West Coast

New Zealand

NGO: New Zealand JCI

1988

Worked with a team of project managers to manage a series of environmental programmes, e.g., environmental services, new skills development for local labour markets impacted by forestry conservation, development of eco-tourism on the West Coast.