Education Minister Hekia Parata spoke during an event at Parliament on Tuesday 8 September 2015, to mark UNESCO’s seventh decade supporting education, science and culture.
(L-R Ms Trish Carter, Professor Arohia Durie, Mr Etienne Clement, Mr Ian McKinnon, Hon Hekia Parata, Dr Arapata Hakiwai, Dr Bob Frame, Ms Sophie Goulter)
She said that New Zealand lived up to its reputation for forward-thinking when it became the second nation to sign UNESCO’s constitution in the wake of World War II. UNESCO’s mandate, to build peace through dialogue, is still making a difference in people’s lives, in New Zealand and around the world.
The National Commission, as the face of UNESCO in New Zealand, supports a range of projects that have a positive impact by fostering quality education, cultural heritage and youth development. They cover a variety of subjects, including multiculturalism, the training of Adult Education champions and global citizenship education through the Model UN General Assembly.
UNESCO and the New Zealand National Commission will continue to build on the work of the past seven decades in order to make a difference in the lives of upcoming generations.