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View our latest news, media releases, newsletters and event updates. Hear from our commissioners, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, and our collaborating agencies and organisations. Read our latest updates or delve into the past.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, UNESCO has released a publication that tells the story of UNESCO’s family of National Commissions and highlight the contribution made by each and every National Commission over the past 75 years.
UNESCO headquarters Paris
It's been a busy couple of months for the National Commission. Catch up on all our latest news including updates from the UNESCO General Conference, the growth of New Zealand's UNESCO Creative City Network and our Memory of the World register.
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We are delighted to announce that Aotearoa New Zealand now has four UNESCO Creative Cities with Whanganui announced as a City of Design.
Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui
As UNESCO celebrates its 75th birthday, three exceptional New Zealanders share their UNESCO stories, outlining the impact that UNESCO has had on their lives, as well as on Aotearoa New Zealand as a whole.
Are you a young person with an interest in deepening connections between Aotearoa youth and UNESCO globally in order to contribute to a more sustainable and peaceful future? Then the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wants to hear from you.
Youth Leaders group shot Jan 2020
Three organisations have been awarded major grants in 2021, all of which demonstrate a strong connection to our priority areas, and to our mission to: Deepen connections between the people of Aotearoa New Zealand and UNESCO globally through the sharing of ideas and building capability for a better and more peaceful future.

Our 2021 major grant recipients are Ngāti Kuri Trust Board Inc, Diplosphere and UNESCO’s Chair in Dance and Social Inclusion, University of Auckland.
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