COVID-19: The importance of collaboration, science and communication

Kia ora Tātou, In light of the Government’s decision on Monday 23 March to move immediately to level 3 (and subsequently level 4) of the COVID-19 response, we felt it was important to reflect on the responsibility UNESCO has—both as a National Commission and internationally—to support the sharing of reliable, trusted information. Firstly, internationally UNESCO… Read more »

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 »

Announcement of new Commissioners for the New Zealand National Commission of UNESCO

The New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is pleased to announce the appointment of two Commissioners. Vanisa Dhiru has been appointed to the position of Commissioner – Communication and Information, for a three year term and replaces outgoing Commissioner, Trish Carter. Vanisa has an extensive background within… Read more »

New UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders announced for 2020

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed five new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are [listed in alphabetical order]: Anne-Sophie Page, Bella, Simpson, Blair Kapa-Peters, Brodie Cross and Naheed Saeid. Ashlee Peacock is the group’s new Chair, taking over from Raven Maeder. As Special Advisor – Youth she will… Read more »

Major Funding 2019

The National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce its latest major funding recipients In 2019 the National Commission has awarded three major grants at the end of the year. The three projects all foster the development of knowledge and networks through grass-roots, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) communication. The Khadija Leadership Network (KLN)… Read more »

Raranga. Tahi Summit – invigorating te reo Māori through rangatahi

Aotearoa Youth Leader, Māia Tapsell, spent a couple of days in Auckland earlier this month at a summit encouraging young people to help foster more spoken reo throughout Aotearoa. Here she reflects. The Raranga. Tahi Summit was held by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau on the 4th and 5th of… 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 »