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December 2019

Tēnā koe,
The Youth Diversity Forum in Ōtautahi Christchurch – which brought together the thinking minds of 90 young leaders –  was highlighted in Paris last month. Rangatahi worked together to capture their messages and vision for Aotearoa New Zealand. The resulting booklet has just been shared with all 193 UNESCO member countries at the General Conference that took place in November. You can read the booklet further in this newsletter. Ashlee Peacock, one of our Aotearoa Youth leaders, attended as part of our delegation, and her energy and perspective helped us see our work in a new light – you can read her thoughts on her time in Paris below.  
As this is our last newsletter of the year, all of us at the NZ National Commission wish you a joyous holiday season and peaceful summer.

40th UNESCO General Conference

The 40th UNESCO General conference took place in November in Paris, with the New Zealand delegation comprising our Chair, Robyn Baker; Secretary General, Vicki Soanes; Group Manager, International Education, Ministry of Education, Belinda Himiona; Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Charles Kingston and Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Saara Marchadour, and Aotearoa Youth Leader, Ashlee Peacock. Robyn and Ashlee shared the podium, presenting New Zealand's country statement together. 

Watch the country statement

Watch: L'Oreal UNESCO woman of influence

Young people call for better race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand

Running concurrently alongside the General Conference was the 11th UNESCO Youth Forum. 60 participants were selected from around the globe to discuss and debate youth engagement. Ashlee Peacock was on the organising committee and shared the booklet “Future New Zealand Race Relations – what NZ youth want” with her peers during the event. The booklet is the direct result of the Youth Diversity Forum that the National Commission organised in October.

Read the booklet

Read Ashlee's reflections on Paris

Read the round-up of the 11th UNESCO Youth Forum
The National Commission is delighted to announce three major grants have been awarded at the end of 2019. The three projects all foster the development of knowledge and networks through grass-roots, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) communication. 
  • Supporting Muslim women to lead, the Khadija Leadership Network (KLN) is a not-for-profit organisation. Its oral history project, ‘Our Hijrah’ will capture oral histories of Muslim migration to New Zealand dating back as far as the 1950s. The project will train women to become oral historians recording pertinent human stories, while bolstering community connection and increasing its particpants' professional skills.
  • The foundations of Unitec's Whakaora project explore regenerative approaches to farming and biodiversity. By working with local iwi and communities, and focusing on traditional collective processes, the study will look at farming practices that aim to increase biodiversity, enrich soil, improve watersheds and enhance ecosystem services.
  • The Deliberative Democracy project will train 24 young people in the practice of deliberative democracy – which places emphasis on political decison-making through fair and reasonable discussion and debate among citizens. Learning practical facilitation skills, the aim is to enhance civic capacity for intentional discussion, and to equip our next civic leaders to work with their communities.

Reminder: Award in Global Citizenship Education

Please help spread the word about our Award in Global Citizenship Education open to the education sector and community groups. Submissions are open now until 27 March 2020
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