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NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Youth Debate to mark the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles

OFFICIAL WW100

Some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s top secondary school debaters will consider New Zealand’s global role in a debate at Parliament to mark the centenary of end of the First World War.

William Orpen, A Peace conference at the Quai d'Orsay, 1919. Collection IWM ART 2855

Some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s top secondary school debaters will consider New Zealand’s global role in a debate at Parliament to mark the centenary of end of the First World War.

Although fighting in the First World War ceased with the Armistice of 11 November 1918, the brutal conflict formally ended when the Allies and Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles in Paris on 28 June 1919. 

The Treaty of Versailles was the first international treaty New Zealand signed in its own right. It represented an important milestone on our road to nationhood, and to becoming an independent and active member of the global community. 

In the centenary debate, which is being hosted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, students will consider the motion: ‘Global issues need global solutions, and the global rules-based multilateral system is the way to achieve them’.

The focus of the event is not only to look back on the Treaty of Versailles, but also to look forward to the future of the global multilateral system.

This activity is being worked on from
27 November 2019
 to 
27 November 2019
Date added: 26 June 2019 | Last updated: 02 July 2019