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View our latest news, media releases, newsletters and event updates. Hear from our commissioners, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders, and our collaborating agencies and organisations. Read our latest updates or delve into the past.

Three organisations have been awarded major grants in 2021, all of which demonstrate a strong connection to our priority areas, and to our mission to: Deepen connections between the people of Aotearoa New Zealand and UNESCO globally through the sharing of ideas and building capability for a better and more peaceful future.

Our 2021 major grant recipients are Ngāti Kuri Trust Board Inc, Diplosphere and UNESCO’s Chair in Dance and Social Inclusion, University of Auckland.
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We are looking for an up-and-coming designer or artist with Māori and Pacific Ocean or mātauranga with sciences knowledge to create a visual design concept for our website Te Tini a Tangaroa. The winning designer or artist will have their creation added to our website, win $5,000 in cash and will feature in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Decade of Ocean Science communications.
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Read all about the comings and goings of the National Commission during August and September 2021. Find out about our UNESCO Youth Leaders experiences at the Festival for the Future; learn more about what our UNESCO Creative Cities have been up to; find out about how we celebrated Te Wiki o te Reo Māori; and much more . . .
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In the last weekend of July, our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders joined three National Commission scholarship recipients, as well as future-focused people from around New Zealand (and a global virtual audience) at Festival for the Future. The National Commission was involved in the Festival in a variety of ways including as a bronze sponsor; providing three youth scholarships to the Festival; a booth in the marketplace run by our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders; and hosting a workshop to improve awareness of the UN Decade of Ocean Science.
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26 July is International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem! Mangrove ecosystems provide benefits and services that are essential for life. From advancing food security, sustaining fisheries and forest products and offering protection from storms, tsunamis and sea level rise to preventing shoreline erosion, regulating coastal water quality and providing habitats for endangered marine species -- the list is long on the importance of mangrove ecosystems
Discover what has kept us busy in June and July. Find out what has been happening in our Creative Cities Network. Learn more about our priority areas and read stories about some of our grant recipients. Plus meet some of our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders.
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