UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

Nola in Vietnam

Nola Smart has spent her summer doing an internship in Vietnam through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). She writes about the experience. PMSA is a programme provided by the New Zealand Government to: enrich New Zealand’s ability to engage with Asian partners improve the international skills of our workforce establish connections between countries… Read more »

Seeking new youth recruits

Are you a young person committed to promoting peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific? Then the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wants to hear from you! We’re currently inviting applications from youth aged between 18 and 25 to join our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders. The group consists of young leaders… Read more »

Ocean Youth Leadership Summit

We supported UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Raven Maeder to attend the Ocean Youth Leadership Summit in Bali, Indonesia in October. She reports back. I feel extremely privileged to have been supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO to attend the Summit, which was held from 28-30 October. The National Commission recognised this as… Read more »

Create1World experience

A reflection by Ashlee Peacock, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, who held an interactive workshop at the Wellington Create1World event. Create1World is an awesome initiative by Massey University that promotes “how creativity can help us better understand and resolve global problems faced by humanity in the 21st Century”. I was able to attend on behalf of the… Read more »

Contemplating climate change

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone represented the National Commission as part of a panel on climate change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NGO Policy Forum in October. Alongside Climate Ambassador Jo Tyndall and Dr Siautu Alefaio-Tugia from Massey University, she discussed how to collectively go about ‘flipping the switch from mitigation… Read more »

Connecting with Forest and Bird Youth Council

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Raven Maeder attended the Forest and Bird Youth Council event ‘Ngā here: many connections’ on 26 September. She writes about the experience. Held at Victoria University, Ngā here was a youth-led career and opportunity development event. Its purpose was to enable students to engage with a range of professionals working a… Read more »

Conservation Week function inspires

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Raven Maeder and Chair Robyn Baker attended the Conservation Week 2018 cocktail function at the Sustainability Trust in Wellington on 20 September. Raven reflects on the evening. It was a great pleasure and privilege to be in the presence of so many people working to protect our national Tāonga at the… Read more »

Inspiration at Tiaki Expo

For the third year running, the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust ran the Tiaki programme, which partners South Auckland schools with local businesses to carry out unique environmental innovation projects aimed at enhancing their local area. UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Nola Smart represented the National Commission at the one-day Tiaki Expo. She reports back. August 10… Read more »

Youth Leaders at Festival for the Future

Our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders ran a stand at the Festival for the Future event in Wellington from 27-29 July. The Festival for the Future showcases youth-led innovation. It brings together a diverse range of emerging leaders to connect, showcase what’s possible and create the future. Ashlee Peacock reports back. “Ka mua, ka muri – you must… Read more »

Reflecting on NZ Model United Nations

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Peter McKenzie reflects on the New Zealand Model United Nations event, held between 10 and 13 July. This event is supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.     When thinking of the United Nations and its myriad affiliated institutions, transparency and coherency are not the words which typically… Read more »