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International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures 2010

The goal of the International Year  is to make the rapprochement of cultures the hallmark of all policy-making at local, national, regional and international levels, involving the greatest number of relevant stakeholders. In New Zealand, our first activities to celebrate the International  Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures were: the launch of the UNESCO Chair… Read more »

World Water Day 22 March 2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World

UN-Water is dedicating World Water Day 2010 to the theme of water quality, reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management. World Water Day 2010 activities will aim to communicate messages on water quality, ecosystems and human well-being. Click here to find out more about World Water Day 2010 & UNESCO A… Read more »

UNESCO “Realise the Dream” Prize won by Jake Martin, Cambridge High School

Outstanding Cambridge High School Year 13 student, Jake Martin, has won this year’s UNESCO Senior Student Award in the national science and research, Realise the Dream competition. Over the past year, Jake discovered that charcoal produced by his clean wood burning engine  – last year’s supreme Realise the Dream winner – was paramagnetic.  This was… Read more »

Asia Pacific UNESCO Director visits New Zealand

The NZ National Commission for UNESCO hosted top UNESCO education official, Dr Gwang-Jo Kim in February.  It was the first time Dr Kim had visited New Zealand since he was appointed Director of the UNESCO Office in Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific, as well as UNESCO Representative to Thailand,… Read more »

UNESCO Chair in Inter-religious Understanding and Relations for Victoria University

A UNESCO Chair in Inter-religious Understanding and Relations has been established at Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand’s first UNESCO Chair has been awarded to Professor Paul Morris, Victoria University’s Programme Director for Religious Studies.  A key participant in the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, Professor Morris wrote the National Statement on Religious Diversity. “Inter-religious… Read more »

Fundraising for Haiti: Pyepoudre Cultural and Education Centre

The Pyepoudre Cultural and Education Centre was completely destroyed by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th. Local musician Lucien Johnson is behind a fundraising concert to help members of the centre community whose lives were shattered by the disaster. “We have been totally crippled and need every help we can get. Three children… Read more »

Resource: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is committed to the promotion of human rights and recognises that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key instrument requiring governments to ensure disabled people enjoy rights on an equal basis with others. UNESCO worked alongside various NZ stakeholders and produced this helpful resource… Read more »

Focus on the Light! – NZ prepares for Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2010

More than 1.5 million children were murdered in the Holocaust  – more than the entire population of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The children of Moriah Jewish School in Wellington are inviting children and members of the public to attend Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010 by joining them at the Holocaust Memorial, Makara Cemetery on… Read more »

Waitangi Day 2010

“As we mark the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the hope is that New Zealanders continue to consider the Treaty as a living document,” says NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould. “New Zealanders should continue to learn about the Treaty and what it means for our country and… Read more »