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February 2019

We had our first National Commission meeting for the year in February and look forward to a productive year as we continue to strive towards our strategic goals. See our 2018 Annual Review, hot off the press, to gain a deeper understanding of our vision and mission.

2018 Annual Review

Our 2018 Annual Review is now online and we'll be sending hard copies to various stakeholders soon. In this report we look back on our activities and funded projects last year, reflecting on the ways in which we have met our strategic goals. If you'd like a hard copy version please email

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UNESCO prizes

Applications are currently open for a number of UNESCO prizes related to education, natural sciences and literacy. See the UNESCO Prizes page on our website to learn more. Note, all award nominations need to come through the National Commission, so you would need to contact us with your expression of interest at least one month in advance of UNESCO's deadline.

Marine conservation forum

A marine conservation forum sponsored through a UNESCO Contestable Activity Fund grant will be hosted by Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum in March. Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans will bring together kaitiaki of culture and marine science from across the Pacific, to share knowledge, embrace shared aspirations and deepen connections amongst advocates of the region.

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Nola in Vietnam

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Nola Smart has spent her summer doing an internship in Vietnam through a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). The programme is all about creating global citizens, one of the key strategic priorities of the National Commission. She writes about the experience.

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Intercultural dialogue

UNESCO has launched a new global collaborative hub dedicated to intercultural dialogue. It aims to promote good practices and resources from all over the world that work toward creating more inclusive societies.

Image: One of the resources on the website - an eBook for primary students to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity 

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International Years in 2019

UNESCO marks the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019. Many interesting events and activities will be organised around the world to mark these days throughout the year. 

Recent UNESCO publications

International Days

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