UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

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 »

To the people of Moria: There is always hope, دائما في امل

One of our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, Shaymaa Arif, has been working as an Arabic/English interpreter at Moria Refugee Camp in Greece. She reports on her experience. Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the National Commission’s work. Perhaps prior to taking on the journey to… Read more »

Injy scoops supreme youth award

We are hugely proud of the achievement of UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone, who received the Senior Supreme Award at the New Zealand Youth Awards 2018, as well as a New Zealand Youth Award for Leadership. Injy was recognised for her leadership as an environmental leader, foster children and disability advocate and New Zealand… Read more »

Youth leaders at NZAEE conference

Three UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders held a workshop in April to share ideas about how to engage young people in sustainability issues. The workshop was part of the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) 9th Biennial Conference: An Ecosystem for Environmental Education – He Pūnaha Hauropi mō te mātauranga a taiao. The National Commission was… Read more »