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 »

Waitangi Day 2010

“As we mark the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the hope is that New Zealanders continue to consider the Treaty as a living document,” says NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould. “New Zealanders should continue to learn about the Treaty and what it means for our country and… Read more »

Fundraising for Haiti: Pyepoudre Cultural and Education Centre

The Pyepoudre Cultural and Education Centre was completely destroyed by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th. Local musician Lucien Johnson is behind a fundraising concert to help members of the centre community whose lives were shattered by the disaster. “We have been totally crippled and need every help we can get. Three children… Read more »