New inscriptions to the New Zealand Memory of the World register for 2020

On Monday the 17th of February the newest inscriptions to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Register were made at a ceremony at National Library of New Zealand. Precious documentary heritage is added yearly to the register in recognition of its significance to New Zealand history. To celebrate the taonga inscribed on the… Read more »

Holocaust Remembrance Day and freedom of expression

On Monday the 27th of January, Robyn Baker, Chairperson of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and Vicki Soanes, Secretary General, attended Holocaust Remembrance Day organised by the Holocaust Centre in Wellington. The commemoration also acknowledged the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp, Auschwitz. National Commission Chair, Robyn Baker, spoke at… Read more »

Youth Leaders’ call for action goes to Paris

The Youth Diversity Forum we held in Ōtautahi in October 2019, generated much talk, ideas and a clear vision for the kind of Aotearoa young people want to live in. The forum culminated in the creation of a key messages document – a call to action from youth – outlining changes they wish to see to race relations in New… Read more »

Te Paepae o Tangaroa – Ocean’s Speak Symposium

Te Paepae o Tangaroa (Ocean’s Speak) was held in Gisborne 6 –7 October. The symposium was open to the public and brought academics and experts on the environment and oceans together to discuss the future of the sea. Social Sciences Commissioner, Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop opened the second day of the hui, and spoke about the National… Read more »

Samoan Language Week 2013

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is happy to promote Samoan Language Week 2013 with its theme of “Fafaga fanau i upu ma tala. Tautala i lau gagana. feed the children words and stories. Speak your language. There is an exciting programme of activities which you can read about on Samoan Language Week Facebook… Read more »

Indigenous Fishing in Tokelau

Book on indigenous fishing techniques, Tokelau  ECHOES AT FISHERMEN’S ROCK BY  ELDERS FROM ATAFU   Edited and translated by Antony Hooper and Iuta Tinielu The unique value of this book is that it was originally written wholly in Tokelauan by migrant elders from Atafu atoll as part of what they saw as their duty to… Read more »

International Mother Language Day 2013

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2013 International Mother Language Day is an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of languages to group and individual identity, as the foundation for all social, economic and cultural life. Multilingualism is a source of strength and… Read more »

UNESCO celebrates ‘Dr Pap’ 50 years on

This year UNESCO recognises the pioneering role of the Greek physician, biologist, and researcher, George Papanicolaou (1883 –1962) who said, “I only live to serve life”. A statement that characterised the man himself and his research which, 50 years after his death, still continues to serve life today. George Papanicolaou (sometimes referred to as “Dr… Read more »

World Press Freedom Day

UNESCO to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in Lao PDR and Myanmar Bangkok, 30 April 2012: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2012, UNESCO Bangkok emphasizes the freedom of expression and the right to information in Asia and the Pacific. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right stated by UNESCO and… Read more »

World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2012

Invitation to rally around books Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2012 Our relationship with books determines, to a large extent, our relationship with culture. On 23 April, for World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO invites everyone to rally around books and… Read more »