National Commissions meeting in Kenya

‘More information sharing’ was one of the key takeaway messages from the fifth interregional meeting of National Commissions, held in Kenya this month. New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Chair Robyn Baker attended the meeting, which included representatives from over 100 countries. She reports that UNESCO is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of its programmes… Read more »

UNESCO Creative Cities representatives in Poland

A report by Mark Roach, Auckland UNESCO City of Music Network XII Annual Meeting, Kraków and Katowice, Poland 12-16 June. Kraków (City of Literature) and Katowice (City of Music) jointly hosted the 12th Annual Meeting of the Creative Cities Network which I attended, representing Auckland City of Music. The meeting was also attended by Nicky… Read more »

Conference on becoming global citizens

ACE Aotearoa held a conference in June 2018: Kia Mau, Tāmaua te Aka Matua Becoming Global Citizens. For keynote presentation videos and notes visit the ACE Aotearoa website.

‘Waitaki Whitestone’ preferred candidate for UNESCO Global Geoparks programme

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has endorsed the ‘Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Geopark’ to bid for international UNESCO Global Geopark status. Waitaki District Council submitted an expression of interest to become a Geopark in April this year. The proposed Geopark would encompass most of the Waitaki District. It includes well-known tourist sites such as… Read more »

$30,000 award to support an innovative learning resource

People with a great idea for turning high-quality research into an innovative learning resource are invited to apply for the Beeby Award 2018. The Beeby Award is a joint initiative by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The Award is worth $30,000 and the resulting resource… Read more »

New Zealand representation at 8th MOWCAP General Meeting

The 8th Memory of the World Committee for Asia (MOWCAP) and the Pacific General Meeting were held in the Republic of Korea from 29 May to 1 June.  A record 28 countries from the Asia Pacific region were represented at the meeting. The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO funded two members of the New… Read more »

Speaking for the (kauri) trees

Kauri plays a significant role as a national icon in Aotearoa yet the species is under threat. Auckland based The Kauri Project received major grant funding through the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO last year to develop a platform for creative action to protect this precious taonga across the kauri lands region. At the… Read more »

Dunedin rugby team encourages love of reading

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature is excited to partner with the Pulse Energy Highlanders rugby team in a new pilot programme, Little Landers Literature, designed to encourage primary school pupils to read more. A significant body of research shows that reading for pleasure at a young age leads to a range of improved life outcomes,… Read more »

Exploring Education for Sustainable Development approaches

An Enviroschools Kindergarten that focuses on embedding place-based education, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and global citizenship into their programme is providing inspiration for a research project funded by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The project ‘Exploring Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) approaches in relation to benefits for Māori and Pacific Island children and… Read more »

Hate and the Internet panel discussion

There is increasing discussion about hate speech and the issues associated with the publishing and circulation of hateful content online. But what is hate speech? And what does it mean in a New Zealand context? Is it a significant issue in New Zealand – and for whom? And what are the appropriate responses? The New… Read more »