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 »

Youth Diversity Forum Ōtautahi Christchurch

Nearly a hundred youth leaders from Christchurch and around the country came together in Ōtautahi Christchurch over the weekend of 4-6 October.  The NZ National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu, held the Youth Diversity Forum to support a cross-ethnic discussion, addressing… Read more »

Wellington becomes a UNESCO City of Film

Wellington has overnight been named a City of Film by UNESCO. The accolade comes after the submission of an excellent application highlighting the many attributes that make Wellington a cinema hotspot. UNESCO has named 66 new urban settlements Creative Cities, which now has a network of 246 members. The Creative Cities Network unifies cities that… Read more »

Oceans symposium to focus on protecting our oceans

The National Commission is sponsoring Moananui, an ocean sustainability programme with a particular lens around indigenous relationships with the ocean. The grant will cover expenses associated with a two-day oceans symposium ‘Te Paepae o Tangaroa’, held between 6-7 October in Gisborne. This kōrero will then continue in communities around Aotearoa. The symposium will see a… Read more »

Building connections in Apia

Secretary General Vicki Soanes and Senior Advisor Zuleika Chang travelled to Apia in July to meet with contacts at the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States. The purpose was to re-engage with the current work programme, meet new staff and hear about their priority activities. Examples of current regional office projects are: developing a vocational… Read more »

Shahin at World Youth Conference on Kindness

The National Commission supported UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Shahin Najak to attend the World Youth Conference on Kindness in New Delhi. She reports back on her experience. From the 19th to the 23rd of August, 60 world youth leaders from 27 countries gathered in O P Jindal International university, New Delhi to discuss the importance… Read more »

Youth leaders at Festival for the Future

From Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July, our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders took part in Festival for the Future in Wellington. Raven Maeder reports back. Festival for the Future saw over 1200 delegates from around Aotearoa, and Asia-Pacific, gather in Wellington for a weekend featuring a diverse range of inspirational speakers – including Stacey… Read more »

Report: Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live Conference

We supported Professor Rawinia Higgins, Chairperson and Commissioner of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission and Charisma Rangipunga, Deputy Chair of the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Board of Commissioners, to attend the Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live conference in Canada from 24-26 June… Read more »