This afternoon local time Rt Hon John Key, Chairman of the International Democrat Union and Prime Minister of New Zealand, announced his resignation as Prime Minister, effective Monday 12 December.
John Key will be remembered and celebrated as one of New Zealand’s greatest Prime Ministers, having led the National Party for 10 years, and New Zealand for 8 years. He has undeniably made our country a much better place than he found it.
One of the most powerful stories I’ve heard this year was that of Sirley Ávila León. She’s pictured here with John Suarez of the Free Cuba Foundation, addressing International Young Democrat Union delegates at our recent council meeting in Miami.
IYDU Chairman Simon Breheny with Jamaica PM Andrew Holness at the IYDU council meeting in Miami.
IDU statement, November 15th 2016:
Congratulations to the IYDU who have elected Simon Breheny (Australia) as Chairman. Continue reading
Below please find the agenda for this weekend: Continue reading
We are just under one week away from the 2016 IYDU Annual Council Meeting and Election Observation. This time next week over 100 registered participants will be filing into historic Miami City Hall to kickoff the Annual Council Meeting. Continue reading
We have had a great response for our election observation mission hosted by the Leadership Institute. You don’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity in the most crucial swing state. However, there are only a limited spaces available for participation, so register today here: Continue reading
Just wanted to send out an updated link for the election observation hotel reservation. Click the link to book your room.
Don’t forget that a $200 early registration discount to be an election observer is available until October 1. Here is the link to the program on the Leadership Institute’s website. Continue reading
Registration is now open for the International Election Observer Mission to the United States following the 2016 IYDU Annual Council Meeting in Miami, Florida. The registration fee of $200 covers participation in the program, daily meals (excluding dinner), meetings, and transportation among sites during the program. But this rate will go up after October 1 to $400, so book now! Continue reading
I will never forget.
Fifteen years ago I watched in stunned silence with my fellow high school classmates as Flight 175 crashed into Tower Two of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. It was clear then we were under attack. To this day, every time I think of the attacks of September 11, 2001 I am overwhelmed with emotion – both sadness and anger – just as much I was on that day. The pain is very raw and, undoubtedly, will remain as such for the rest of my life. Continue reading
The CYDU meeting in St. Lucia, aimed at strengthening and growing the centre-right conservative movement throughout the region, brought together young political leaders from around the Caribbean to discuss the most important topics facing their future. Continue reading