Introducing Dr Cheryl Stephens

It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr Cheryl Stephens as our new National Commissioner for Education. Cheryl is of Te Arawa and Taranaki descent. She has more than 35 years’ experience in the education sector in primary school, teacher education and tertiary teaching. During this time she has assumed a large number of executive… Read more »

New Commissioner appointments

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced five appointments to the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. “I am delighted to appoint these five Commissioners. They are all respected experts in their fields and well positioned to advise and represent New Zealand on UNESCO matters”, says Ms Parata. “I would also like to thank the outgoing… Read more »

Supporting Global Citizenship Education in New Zealand

Participants at the Global Citizenship Education Conference in Wellington, May 2016. In 2015, the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO granted $50,000 to the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies (NZCGS) as a contribution to a project titled ‘Global Citizenship Education in New Zealand’. The grant has allowed the centre to both further develop its… Read more »

New Youth Reference Group Members

Five new young people have recently been appointed as members of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s Youth Reference Group. Raven Maeder, Teina Wells-Smith, Danielle Newton, Kya Raina Lal and Shawn Thomas join existing members Samantha Allen and Sophie Goulter. Led by our Special Advisor Youth, Sophie, the Youth Reference Group was created to… Read more »

2016 World Journalism Education Congress

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO was principal sponsor of the fourth World Journalism Education Congress in July. Organised by Auckland University of Technology (AUT), the 2016 World Journalism Education Congress addressed the most pressing issues confronting journalism and journalism educators around the world today. More than 200 participants from 48 countries attended the event, to… Read more »

New Zealander appointed to UNESCO Young Professionals Programme

Cantabrian Tim Francis has been selected from over 900 applicants from across the globe to be part of the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The programme offers young people an opportunity to join UNESCO at the early stage of their professional career. Tim was nominated by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and, following… Read more »

New Zealand supports UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education

New Zealand has officially become the third country to accede to the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Convention 2011 on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, joining China and Australia as the leading countries in the process of accession. (New Zealand’s Permanent Delegate Susannah Gordon handed over the instrument of accession to the Asia-Pacific Regional Convention on… Read more »

Marking UNESCO’s seventh decade

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… Read more »

Creative City of Literature

Congratulations Dunedin! (Photos courtesy Dunedin City of Literature) The National Commission congratulates Dunedin – which after many months of preparation, hard work and collaboration, received the international designation as a Creative City of Literature by UNESCO in December 2014. The Chair of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Ian McKinnon said the achievement was to… Read more »

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2013

Inaugural Freedom of Expression lecture, AUT, Friday 3 May Dr Mark Pearson, professor of journalism and social media at Griffith University in Australia and the Australian correspondent for Reporters Without Borders, spoke at the inaugural UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2013 lecture, organised and hosted by AUT’s Pacific Media Centre and School of Communication Studies…. Read more »