Commissioner appointments announced

Associate Education Minister Jenny Salesa is pleased to announce appointments to the New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (the National Commission). Professor Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop has been appointed as the Commissioner – Social Sciences for a three year term, replacing Materoa Dodd. She has considerable expertise and mana… Read more »

Waitaki Whitestone visit

Waitaki Whitestone has chalked up another milestone in its bid for UNESCO Global Geoparks status. Drivers behind the aspiring geopark hosted our Chair Robyn Baker from 13-14 August, along with two New Zealand UNESCO Global Geoparks Expert Advisory Panel members: Natural Sciences Commissioner Dr Geoff Hicks and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research Māori development general manager… Read more »

Celebrating World Indigenous Peoples Day (9 August)

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is on 9 August. This day was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994 marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in 1982…. Read more »

Youth Leaders at Festival for the Future

Our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders ran a stand at the Festival for the Future event in Wellington from 27-29 July. The Festival for the Future showcases youth-led innovation. It brings together a diverse range of emerging leaders to connect, showcase what’s possible and create the future. Ashlee Peacock reports back. “Ka mua, ka muri – you must… Read more »

Radio interview: Mike Gray on Waitaki Whitestone Geopark

Radio NZ’s Jesse Mulligan interviews Mike Gray, director of the Vanished World at Duntroon, who explains what makes the Waitaki region so special… and why it should become a UNESCO Global Geopark. Listen to the interview

Reflecting on NZ Model United Nations

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Peter McKenzie reflects on the New Zealand Model United Nations event, held between 10 and 13 July. This event is supported by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.     When thinking of the United Nations and its myriad affiliated institutions, transparency and coherency are not the words which typically… Read more »

To the people of Moria: There is always hope, دائما في امل

One of our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, Shaymaa Arif, has been working as an Arabic/English interpreter at Moria Refugee Camp in Greece. She reports on her experience. Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the National Commission’s work. Perhaps prior to taking on the journey to… Read more »

Major Grants funding round now open

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is calling for Expressions of Interest for its 2018/19 Major Grants contestable funding round by 6 July. Applications are primarily being sought for ‘major grant’ funding from $5,000 to the level of $40,000. Minor grant funding is also available for amounts under $5,000. The National Commission is seeking… Read more »

Injy scoops supreme youth award

We are hugely proud of the achievement of UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone, who received the Senior Supreme Award at the New Zealand Youth Awards 2018, as well as a New Zealand Youth Award for Leadership. Injy was recognised for her leadership as an environmental leader, foster children and disability advocate and New Zealand… Read more »

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 »