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One of the major highlights each year for our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders is Festival for the Future.

“Festival has a broad and diverse audience of individuals across business, government and community sectors. Although diverse it was primarily youth centric with all attendees showing passion for creating a better future, offering a platform to connect, learn and be inspired while strengthening one’s sense of purpose and hope,” said UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Isaac Morunga.

his year the UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders collaborated with the Cook Islands National Youth Council (CINYC) to present two workshops – Our Moana Our Stories- and to promote their respective rōpū.
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In late May the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Commissioners, Chair and Secretariat headed down to Ōamaru to officially celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s first UNESCO Global Geopark – Waitaki Whitestone.

Our Commissioners share their experiences of the celebrations and the impression that Waitaki Whitestone UNESCO Global Geopark left on them. We also share Chair, Liz Longworth's speech.
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It has been a very busy couple of months for the National Commission with some amazing highlights and exciting news. In May we welcomed a new Chair and Natural Sciences Commissioner to the National Commission whānau. We continued to build our international connections - find out more about these connections, as well as the latest news from our UNESCO programmes and download our 2022 Annual Review.
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The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark has officially been designated as New Zealand's first and Australasia’s only UNESCO Global Geopark.
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Liz Longworth has been appointed as the National Commission’s new Chair. She brings with her a wealth of Board experience and knowledge of UNESCO matters. We also welcome Linda Faulkner as our current Natural Sciences Commissioner. Linda has a comprehensive background working in the science and research sector in Aotearoa.
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Learn what the National Commission has been up to in early 2023, and the exciting way that we finished off 2022.
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