UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

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 »

Youth Leadership training on Education for Sustainable Development

A three-day workshop in Bangkok, Thailand has set Special Advisor Youth Danielle Newton on a new path – to live more sustainably and to empower others to do the same. Danielle was selected to attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop for Youth Leadership Training on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from 15-17 November. The workshop is… Read more »

Meet our new Youth Reference Group members

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce the six new members of our Youth Reference Group: Shaymaaa Arif, Injy Johnstone, Peter McKenzie, Ashlee Peacock, Nola Smart and Charlotte Steel. “We received applications from 100 incredibly talented young people and it was a very difficult decision to narrow them down to six,”… Read more »

Youth Reference Group out and about

Two members of our Youth Reference Group, Teina Wells-Smith and Danielle Newton, did an excellent job of representing the National Commission in August. Below are the activities they have been involved in. Nga Rangatahi A Iwi forum Teina Wells-Smith attended the Nga Rangatahi A Iwi (NRAI) forum. This was part of the Iwi Chairs Forum,… Read more »

National Commission represented at Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue

Peace was at the top of the agenda at the inaugural Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue in Chendu, China, officially launched on 21 September, International Peace Day, attended by two Youth Reference Group members. The three day forum brought together youth delegates from 46 countries, including young New Zealanders Danielle Newton (Youth Reference Group Chair) and… Read more »

Introducing Danielle Newton

The new Chair of our Youth Reference Group is Danielle Newton. Danielle is a University of Auckland scholarship recipient and mentor, currently undertaking her third year of study in a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Conjoint, double majoring in Politics and Sociology and Environmental Science and Geography. Alongside her studies, Danielle is involved in a… 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 »