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 »

International Year of Biodiversity 2010

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity. Click here to visit the United Nations International… 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 »

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2010

UNESCO WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY 2010: Freedom of Information and the Right to Know 3 MAY 2010 Every 3 May,  World Press Freedom Day represents an opportunity to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom around the globe and to pay solemn tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty…. 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 »

Culture Counts: UNESCO Poster Competition

The United Nations recently declared 2010 as the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. With UNESCO as the leading agency for this initiative, its mission is to: promote reciprocal knowledge of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity; build a framework for commonly shared values; strengthen quality education and build intercultural competencies; and foster dialogue… 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 »

Kiwi Holocaust Survivors focus of new DVD

Kiwi Holocaust Survivors focus of new DVD FOR ANNE FRANK DIARY EXHIBITION   The testimonies of New Zealand’s own Holocaust survivors will be the subject of a poignant DVD that will accompany the Anne Frank Travelling Exhibition this year.   The DVD was produced with support from the NZ National Commission for UNESCO. It has… Read more »