Awards and Funding

International science plenary explores ways to halt biodiversity decline

Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s wellbeing. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark regional science reports released at the… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Kids’ Polling Booth teaches civic responsibility

Around 300 children in the Wellington region aged 5-12 got a taste of democracy in action during the General Election thanks to the efforts of independent theatre company Barbarian Productions. With support from the National Commission, the group set up a mock polling station at Vogelmorn Bowling Club and invited children to cast their vote… Read more »

Six major grant recipients announced

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has awarded six grants worth $125,550 in total in its UNESCO’s 2017/2018 Contestable Funding Round. The successful projects range from a collaborative wānanga aimed at finding solutions for kauri dieback and wider forest ecosystem conservation to a youth project focused on building the capacity of young people to make… Read more »

Celebrating Imagining Decolonised Cities prizewinners

The winners of the Imagining Decolonised Cities (IDC) contest, supported by our last round of contestable funding, were announced in May. Chair Robyn Baker attended a prizegiving of one of the winning teams (Runner Up Under 18) this month, comprising four high school students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna in Wellington — (pictured from left with Robyn Baker)… Read more »

Contestable funding round 2017/18 now open

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its contestable funding round by 30 June. Applications are primarily being sought for ‘major grant’ funding from $15,000 to the level of $40,000. Minor grant funding is also available for amounts under $5,000. “We are seeking innovative projects, events, programmes or… Read more »

Imaginative digital journeys

How can young people make a difference in their natural environments? Nature Through Arts Collective is enabling young people and their families to learn about and get involved in some of New Zealand’s critical conservation challenges through a series of dynamic and imaginative digital journeys at nature sites. Supported by the New Zealand National Commission… Read more »

Representing the voice of youth

A standing ovation at an international UNESCO forum in March made the culmination of many months and long hours of work all worthwhile for 17-year-old Auckland Girls’ Grammar deputy head girl Scarlett Parkes. The driven year 13 student co-wrote an international youth White Paper on Global Citizenship with youth teams from 11 different countries, collaborating… Read more »

Third UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education

The National Commission shone the spotlight on global citizenship education in March, funding three representatives to attend the Third UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education in Ottawa, Canada. Education Commissioner Cheryl Stephens attended, along with teacher and global citizenship advisor Libby Giles and Year 13 student Scarlett Parkes from Auckland Girls’ Grammar who co-wrote and… Read more »