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Looking Beyond Disaster: UNESCO International Youth Forum 2011

Asia Pacific youth create international disaster response network In a world first, 100 young leaders from around the Asia Pacific region who have experienced natural disasters in their homelands met in Christchurch this week. They created the beginnings of a global youth network and strategy for disaster response and recovery: the first of its kind in… Read more »

Looking Beyond Disaster: UNESCO Youth Forum

LOOKING BEYOND DISASTER:  UNESCO YOUTH FORUM 9th – 12th December 2011 Christchurch New Zealand Young people who have experienced natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region will meet in Christchurch for the “Looking Beyond Disaster: UNESCO Youth Forum”. They will share disaster experiences and develop realistic action plans to rebuild communities that meet the needs… Read more »

International Literacy Day 2011

 The theme of this year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated world-wide on 8 September, is ‘Literacy for peace.’ Research conducted by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics shows that 793 million adults – mainly girls and women – are unable to read or write. A further 67 million primary school aged children do not attend school and 72… Read more »

Wai Ora: People and Freshwater

A Summer Studentship project conducted by Shamin Yazdani 2009-2010 Click here to download Shamin’s report  

World Press Freedom Day 2011

3 May 2011 Joint message from Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General;  Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General; and Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. World Press Freedom Day was born twenty years ago in the vision of a group of journalists gathered in Windhoek, Namibia. The Windhoek Declaration was a call to arms to protect the fundamental… Read more »

Youth representative sought for Education Sub-Commission

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is pleased to invite expressions of interest for a youth representative to serve on the Education Sub Commission.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation works worldwide to improve education through technical advice, standard setting, innovative projects, capacity building and networking.  Appointed and funded by the New… Read more »

Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation 2011

Education for Learning to Live Together Building peace in the minds of men and women Nominations should be sent to: The Education Programme Officer New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO PO Box 1666 Wellington 6140 Applications Close: 30th May 2011 Click here to download application form Click here to download consent form Click here to… Read more »

World Water Day 2011 – 22 March

Water for Cities – responding to the Urban Challenge The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialisation and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. This year’s theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge,… Read more »

Kapi Mana Bioblitz 2011

Weekend of fun at Bioblitz launch The Kapi Mana Bioblitz 2011 is the world’s first combined Marine and Terrestrial Bioblitz: a rapid assessment of species diversity. Bioblitz brings together a wide range of people – scientists, academics, local tribes, members of the public and technical experts – to celebrate the diversity of NZ’s wildlife.  Fun… Read more »

The Outlook for Someday Sustainable Film Awards

Young Kiwi film-makers from tiny rural communities right through to huge, urban suburbs took part in The Outlook for Someday Film Challenge 2010. The annual sustainable film challenge saw storytellers ranging in ages from 7 to 23 submit films that showcased a “diverse, energetic and passionate mix of ideas and viewpoints” related to sustainability. The… Read more »