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Representatives from the NZ National Commission addressed more than 700 other international delegates at the High-Level Celebration of the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL) in Paris in December 2022.
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On January 27, we joined together with others around Aotearoa and the globe in acknowledgement of UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The date marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945.

UNESCO established Holocaust Remembrance Day to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and to reaffirm its unwavering commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance.
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It's been a busy end to the year, as reflected in our December newsletter. Learn about the events we have support, meet our new UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, hear from our Creative Cities and learn more about the latest news from the Decades of Ocean Science, and Indigenous Languages.
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The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has appointed three new members to its UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders group. They are Isaac Morunga, Rana Marif and Te Aho Jordan.
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Jane Wild, Chair of the Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand Trust announced three new inscriptions to the MOW Register at a ceremony at the National Library on Wednesday 8 December.

“The inscriptions added to the Register span two centuries and many documentary heritage formats,” said Jane. “These three inscriptions from four institutions include unique taonga comprising archives, letters, photographs and film.”
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Christchurch-based scientist, and University of Canterbury Lecturer, Dr Essie Rodgers has been awarded the 2022 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand fellowship to further her research into conservation and how the quality of waterways impacts human mental health and wellbeing.
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