New Zealand was the second country to sign the UNESCO constitution in 1946. The National Commission for UNESCO was then established to serve as a first point of contact for UNESCO in NZ and to provide expert advice on UNESCO related issues.
The National Commission is funded by the Government and is made up of Commissioners with expertise in our programme areas of education, natural science, social sciences, culture and communication. There is a Youth Reference Group of people aged 18-25.
Everything the National Commission does aims to build resilient communities and a culture of peace in NZ and the Pacific.
New Zealand’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are managed by the Department of Conservation.