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January 2018

Happy New Year! We're looking forward to a busy and productive year, as we continue to contribute to building the knowledge and capabilities needed to ensure a better future for all. 

UNESCO Global Geoparks programme in New Zealand

We are delighted to announce the establishment of a UNESCO Global Geoparks programme in New Zealand. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Expressions of Interest are open until 30 April 2018.

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Listen to an interview with Natural Sciences Commissioner Dr Geoff Hicks (pictured)
Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 - speech by Robyn Baker

Watch: Holocaust Remembrance Day speech

Chair Robyn Baker spoke at an event at Parliament, which was organised by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January). This year's theme was the Human Rights Commission's 'Give Nothing to Racism' campaign, which urges New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance. Robyn shared some personal experiences and reminded us to never be silent about racism.

Call for entries: 2018 UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 

The UNESCO Office for the Asia-Pacific region is seeking to reward exemplary efforts by individuals and organisations to restore or conserve structures, places and properties of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region. Eligible projects must have been completed within the last 10 years and should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the place, sound technical achievement and significant social and policy impact. The deadline is 15 May 2018.

Photo: The heritage restoration of Christchurch Arts Centre’s Great Hall (pictured) and Clock Tower received an Award of Merit last year.

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Competition: Cities for our Future Challenge

A new global competition launched this month is calling on young people to come up with new ideas to help tackle the most pressing problems in relation to the rapid pace of urbanisation, impact of climate change on cities and resource scarcity. The winner will receive a £50,000 prize and mentorship with industry experts to potentially make their concept a reality. Entries close on 31 May 2018.

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Reminder: Award in Global Citizenship Education

Please help spread the word about our inaugural Award in Global Citizenship Education, open to the education sector and community groups. Submissions are open until 19 March 2018.

Universal Periodic Review consultation sessions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is leading a national consultation process on New Zealand’s progress on human rights issues as part of New Zealand’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review. Consultation sessions will be held throughout the country in February and March 2018 – and members of the public are invited to participate.

RSVP to a session 

Upcoming events

We are proud sponsors of A Waka Odyssey and the Second Pacific Climate Change Conference, both on next month.

Recent UNESCO publications

International Days

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust - 27 Jan
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