Resource: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is committed to the promotion of human rights and recognises that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key instrument requiring governments to ensure disabled people enjoy rights on an equal basis with others. UNESCO worked alongside various NZ stakeholders and produced this helpful resource… Read more »

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is committed to the promotion of human rights and recognises that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a key instrument requiring governments to ensure disabled people enjoy rights on an equal basis with others. 1.      What are human rights? 2.      What… Read more »

Focus on the Light! – NZ prepares for Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2010

More than 1.5 million children were murdered in the Holocaust  – more than the entire population of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The children of Moriah Jewish School in Wellington are inviting children and members of the public to attend Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010 by joining them at the Holocaust Memorial, Makara Cemetery on… Read more »

Speech to UNESCO General Conference 2009 – Bryan Gould

Speech to the UNESCO General Conference September 2009 Chair of the New Zealand National Commission Bryan Gould  Tena koutou katoa kua huihui mai nei i tenei ra. (English translation: Greetings to all who have gathered here today). Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen In 1946, when UNESCO’s Constitution came into force, New Zealand was the second… Read more »

Living Heritage Awards honour NZ’s Junior Historians

Living Heritage Awards honour NZ’s Junior Historians Are mangroves unwanted weeds “gorse of the sea” or are they beautiful trees that attract native birds? Who was Mr Stellin? And why did they name the park we play in after him? What games did our grandparents play?  How did they live? These are the questions that… Read more »

Mata Ora : The Living Knowledge 2009

Mata Ora : The Living Knowledge 2009 Ancient Polynesian navigators were the first to explore and then settle the great Pacific Ocean – a vast expanse that covers a third of the earth’s surface.  Their journeys began a millenia before the arrival of the first European explorers in the 16th Century. Next week in Porirua, north… 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 »

UNESCO NZ National Commission represented at General Conference

NZ National Commission for UNESCO chairman, Bryan Gould and a small delegation took part in the 35th Session of the organisation’s General Conference in Paris this month.  They participated in a review of the Programme and Budget for the years 2011 and 2012, and considered a number of current issues such as climate change and… Read more »

Irina Bokova of Bulgaria elected as UNESCO’s 10th Director General

Bulgarian diplomat and politician, Irina Bokova has been elected Director-General of UNESCO by the 35th Session of the organisation’s General Conference in Paris this month.  Ms Bokova is the first woman and the first Eastern European to head the organisation.  Ms Bokova has served as the Ambassador of Bulgaria to France as well as the… Read more »

Historical Waterworks Building wins Heritage Award

Historical Waterworks Building wins Heritage Award The Waterworks Building and its associated engineer’s cottage located on the grounds of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland has won the 2009 UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit. The building was designed by William Errington in 1875 with the purpose of bringing water from the Western… Read more »