Month: November 2017

Talking climate change and Global Citizenship Education

“Climate action is not only a moral responsibility, it is a necessity for human survival.” This was one of the key takeaway messages Ronja Ievers and Libby Giles took from the 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.  … Read more »

Youth Leadership training on Education for Sustainable Development

A three-day workshop in Bangkok, Thailand has set Special Advisor Youth Danielle Newton on a new path – to live more sustainably and to empower others to do the same. Danielle was selected to attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop for Youth Leadership Training on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from 15-17 November. The workshop is… Read more »

Overview of 2017 UNESCO General Conference

Report by Vicki Soanes, Secretary General, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO The biennial UNESCO General Conference was held in Paris between 30 October and 14 November. The New Zealand delegation was led by the Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Robyn Baker, and included New Zealand’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Charles… Read more »

Seven new inscriptions on UNESCO Memory of the World NZ register

Seven new inscriptions have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand register. Memory of the World New Zealand Trust Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at Auckland Libraries on 29 November. There are now 27 documentary heritage collections on the New Zealand register.  Each is a valuable… Read more »

Update on Wellington Zoo’s Rangatahi Roots & Shoots Programme

Report by Sarah Morris, Learning Experience Manager, Wellington Zoo Trust The New Zealand National Commission provided minor grant funding to Wellington Zoo’s Rangatahi Roots & Shoots programme. Sarah Morris provides an update on how the pilot programme is going so far. As part of the Zoo revolution we have been piloting a Rangatahi Roots &… Read more »

Kiwi researcher awarded for work on indigenous health and wellbeing

Communication and Information Commissioner Trish Carter (pictured left) attended an Auckland ceremony on 2 November, held in honour of clinical researcher Dr Matire Harwood, winner of a prestigious fellowship in the L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science programme. Dr Harwood received the $250,000 fellowship for her research in addressing the inequities of health related outcomes between… Read more »

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature to hold Creative Cities hui

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is holding a Creative Cities Southern Hui from Tuesday 28 November to Saturday 2 December. The collaborative event, sponsored by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and held in partnership with the University of Otago’s Centre for the Book, is free and open to all, with registration essential. The… Read more »

Arts Centre receives prestigious UNESCO heritage award

The immaculate heritage restoration of two Arts Centre buildings has received an Award of Merit in the prestigious UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. It’s the fourth time a New Zealand project has been recognised by the awards, with the Arts Centre taking out honours in a field of 43 projects from 10 countries…. Read more »

Auckland becomes UNESCO Creative City of Music

Auckland has become a City of Music, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Auckland’s successful bid, along with 11 other music cities worldwide, was announced by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on 31 October. “The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is at the frontline of UNESCO’s efforts to foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a… Read more »