Programmes

UNESCO Global Geoparks programme

UNESCO Geoparks

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is establishing a UNESCO Global Geoparks programme in New Zealand. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

Activities that can be considered typical of a Geopark are mostly geotourism or educational-based. These include:

  • school programmes
  • guided walks
  • museum exhibitions
  • geological heritage protection and promotional activities
  • socio-economic activities to encourage sustainable regional development.

Geoparks adopt a holistic approach to their heritage and promote all aspects of their region’s natural and cultural heritage.

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UNESCO UNITWIN Network

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From left: Dr Richard Winkworth, Briana Nelson and Professor Peter Lockhart at Massey's Institute of Fundamental Sciences.

Launched in 1992, UNESCO’s UNITWIN Network promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.

Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies.

Massey University is leading the very first UNESCO UNITWIN Network in New Zealand. The UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Science for Pacific Small Island Developing States (Science for Sustainability in Oceania) will promote science, provide training opportunities, and evaluate and help implement new technologies in Oceania (including in New Zealand) that enable evidence based decision-making.

Initial projects involve four founding institutional partners: Massey University, Unitec Institute of Technology, the National University of Samoa and the University of the South Pacific. The number of formal institutional partners will grow as further projects are developed and funding is secured.

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Memory of the World

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New Zealand official photographs, World War 1914-1918 was one of seven new inscriptions added to the Memory of the World New Zealand register in 2017. Image: Members of the Pioneer Battalion perform a haka for Prime Minister William Massey and Sir Joseph Ward, 1918. ½-013283-G. https://natlib.govt.nz/records/22721971

Global programme

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World programme in 1992. This programme aims to recognise significant documentary heritage in a similar fashion to the way UNESCO's World Heritage Convention and World Heritage List recognises significant natural and cultural sites.

Its vision is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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One of the 'Poems on Steps' projects, initiated by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to transform steps around the city.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

In 2014, Dunedin became New Zealand’s first city to be appointed to the Creative Cities network as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Auckland's bid to become a UNESCO City of Music was accepted in 2017.

 

UNESCO Chairs

The UNESCO Chairs Programme promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.

Through this global network, higher education and research institutions all over the world pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies.