Youth Diversity Forum Ōtautahi Christchurch

Nearly a hundred youth leaders from Christchurch and around the country came together in Ōtautahi Christchurch over the weekend of 4-6 October.  The NZ National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu, held the Youth Diversity Forum to support a cross-ethnic discussion, addressing… Read more »

Wellington becomes a UNESCO City of Film

Wellington has overnight been named a City of Film by UNESCO. The accolade comes after the submission of an excellent application highlighting the many attributes that make Wellington a cinema hotspot. UNESCO has named 66 new urban settlements Creative Cities, which now has a network of 246 members. The Creative Cities Network unifies cities that… Read more »

Oceans symposium to focus on protecting our oceans

The National Commission is sponsoring Moananui, an ocean sustainability programme with a particular lens around indigenous relationships with the ocean. The grant will cover expenses associated with a two-day oceans symposium ‘Te Paepae o Tangaroa’, held between 6-7 October in Gisborne. This kōrero will then continue in communities around Aotearoa. The symposium will see a… Read more »

Building connections in Apia

Secretary General Vicki Soanes and Senior Advisor Zuleika Chang travelled to Apia in July to meet with contacts at the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States. The purpose was to re-engage with the current work programme, meet new staff and hear about their priority activities. Examples of current regional office projects are: developing a vocational… Read more »

Shahin at World Youth Conference on Kindness

The National Commission supported UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Shahin Najak to attend the World Youth Conference on Kindness in New Delhi. She reports back on her experience. From the 19th to the 23rd of August, 60 world youth leaders from 27 countries gathered in O P Jindal International university, New Delhi to discuss the importance… Read more »

Youth leaders at Festival for the Future

From Friday 26 July to Sunday 28 July, our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders took part in Festival for the Future in Wellington. Raven Maeder reports back. Festival for the Future saw over 1200 delegates from around Aotearoa, and Asia-Pacific, gather in Wellington for a weekend featuring a diverse range of inspirational speakers – including Stacey… Read more »

Report: Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live Conference

We supported Professor Rawinia Higgins, Chairperson and Commissioner of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – The Māori Language Commission and Charisma Rangipunga, Deputy Chair of the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Board of Commissioners, to attend the Heliset Tte Skal – Let the Languages Live conference in Canada from 24-26 June… Read more »

Youth representation at UN meeting

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Ashlee Peacock was part of the panel which presented New Zealand’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) report to the United Nations at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July. She also delivered a speech on youth and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She reports back on the experience. New… Read more »

Open invitation to GCED panel discussion

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is hosting a free panel discussion on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Wellington on 12 August. Opened by Hon Jenny Salesa, Associate Minister of Education, the event will feature the perspectives of five well-respected academics and thinkers. Each was commissioned to write a paper discussing GCED from their… Read more »

GCED – an educator’s perspective

We commissioned Maria Perreau, teacher at Ōtaki College and doctoral candidate at University of Auckland to write a discussion paper about Global Citizenship Education (GCED) from an educator’s perspective. She will discuss her ideas at our upcoming GCED panel discussion on 12 August at the National Library in Wellington. Discussion Paper prepared for the New… Read more »