Month: June 2019

UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Meeting

Mark Roach from Auckland City of Music attended the UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Meeting in Fabriano, Italy from 12 to 15 June, along with Mayor Dave Cull from Dunedin City of Literature. He reports back. Fabriano (City of Craft & Folk Arts) in the Marche region of Italy was the host for the… Read more »

Talking low carbon

We supported youth participation in the Asia Pacific meeting on Low Carbon Action in Hangzhou, China this month, by contributing funding towards travel expenses. The theme of the meeting was ‘achieving zero carbon through education’. The attendees were James Young-Drew and Anya Bukholt-Payne, accompanied by Betsan Martin, Director of Response Trust. All are involved with… Read more »

People’s Report launch

We’re looking forward to the public launch of Hui E! Community Aotearoa’s People’s Report on the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 3 July. The National Commission contributed funding toward this report, which provides an important community perspective. The launch will be followed by a cross-sector panel discussion on the theme of ‘Empowering… Read more »

National Commission to sponsor SDG Summit

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is proud to be a Silver sponsor of the second New Zealand SDG Summit in Auckland on 2 September. Accelerated action, together is the theme, which will address how to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Hosted by the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology,… Read more »

UN Youth NZ celebrates 20th birthday

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Peter McKenzie represented the National Commission at the UN Youth NZ 20th birthday celebrations this month. He reflects on the event. UN Youth is a strange organisation. It works tirelessly to increase awareness of international relations and diplomatic practice among the unlikeliest demographic: high school and university students. Not only that,… Read more »

Call for New Zealand UNESCO Memory of the World Register nominations

What documentary heritage would you like see acknowledged on the New Zealand UNESCO Memory of the World register? The UNESCO Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand Trust is calling for nominations by 31 August 2019. This year Aotearoa New Zealand will acknowledge 250 years since the first onshore meetings between Māori and Europeans. 2019… Read more »

Report: Whanganui’s celebration of International Jazz Day

The National Commission provided minor grant funding to support Whanganui’s celebration of International Jazz Day on 30 April. Whanganui Jazz Club president Ken Chernoff reported back on the event. International Jazz Day aligns the remarkable living tradition that is jazz music to the global conversation that rages on about how we can contribute to making… Read more »

Climate change reflections – comparing Colombia and New Zealand

Former UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone has been doing some climate change work in Colombia through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America. She compares New Zealand and Colombia’s attitudes and their impacts on climate change. Colombia and New Zealand share a lot, including a love of coffee and indigenous wildlife. However, there are… Read more »