World Poetry Day 2012

World Poetry Day 21 March 2012     Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on World Poetry Day, 21 March 2012   Poetry is one of the highest forms of linguistic and cultural expression. Giving complete creative and verbal freedom, it is an integral part of peoples’ identities and, like music, dance and… Read more »

International Women’s Day, March 8 2012

The rights of women must be protected Too often marginalised, women living in rural settings face steep challenges to the exercise of their human rights, their personal development and the pursuit of their aspirations. Across the world, this is weakening societies and holding back their development. Tackling this problem is the goal of the 2012… Read more »

Call for Nominations for ICT Prize

Call for Nominations for UNESCO Prize in Use of ICT in Education     We have received a call for nominations for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. The prize was established in 2005 and the two awardees share US$50,000.   New Zealand National Commission for… Read more »

Screening of Voices of Children

Voices of children to screen at NZ Film Archives Press Release VOICES OF CHILDREN– to screen at NZ Film Archive on the anniversary of February 22nd earthquake   Voices of Children is a 20 minute film in which Christchurch children tell earthquake stories. When Christchurch suffered a succession of devastating earthquakes, AC Productions director and… Read more »

International Mother Language Day 21 February

Languages are who we are Nelson Mandela once said that “if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language,that goes to his heart”. The language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most valuable asset. Multilingualism is our ally… Read more »

World Radio Day

World Radio Day, 13 February 2012 Joint Message of the Director-General of UNESCO and Secretary-General of International Telecommunication Union on the occasion of World Radio Day established by the UNESCO General Conference, 13 February 2012 Writing a century ago, the American poet, Josephine Preston Peabody described the ability of radio to “fly a thought across… Read more »

UNESCO Youth Forum features in Education Gazette

UNESCO YOUTH FORUM featured The latest Education Gazette magazine features our successful Beyond Disaster UNESCO International Youth Forum held in Christchurch in December 2011.  Already action plans created at the forum are being worked on across the Asia Pacific region and future Beyond Disaster forums are to be held in other countries. Click here to view the article


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Looking Beyond Disaster: UNESCO International Youth Forum 2011

Asia Pacific youth create international disaster response network In a world first, 100 young leaders from around the Asia Pacific region who have experienced natural disasters in their homelands met in Christchurch this week. They created the beginnings of a global youth network and strategy for disaster response and recovery: the first of its kind in… Read more »

Looking Beyond Disaster: Christchurch 2011

Young Asia Pacific people looking beyond disaster and into the future This weekend more than eighty young people from throughout Asia and the Pacific who have experienced natural disasters in their homelands will meet in Christchurch to develop a plan for the future of our region. “ ‘Looking Beyond Disaster: UNESCO International Youth Forum’ will… Read more »