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Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s wellbeing. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark regional science reports released at the 6th Plenary of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Medellin, Colombia in March.
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The 2018 Gender Review published by UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, shows that only 44% of countries are fully committed to the cause of gender equality in education through international treaties.
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We are delighted to announce the establishment of a UNESCO Global Geoparks programme in New Zealand.
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“Climate action is not only a moral responsibility, it is a necessity for human survival.”
This was one of the key takeaway messages Ronja Ievers and Libby Giles took from the 23rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.
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Seven new inscriptions have been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand register. Memory of the World New Zealand Trust Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at Auckland Libraries on 29 November 2017.
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The biennial UNESCO General Conference was held in Paris between 30 October and 14 November. Vicki Soanes, Secretary General, New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO reports on the Conference.
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