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April 2018

A major highlight for us in April was celebrating the winners of our Global Citizenship Education Award. Huge congratulations to the winners!

Celebrating our GCED winners

It was a great pleasure to celebrate the winners of our three Global Citizenship Education Award categories this month. The successful applicants were: Patea Area School (Education), Generation Zero (Community), and Tiaki Early Learning Centre (Innovation). St Johns College and UN Youth were also highly commended. Associate Minister for Education Hon Jenny Salesa presented the winners with their certificates at an event hosted at Parliament.

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Successful SDG Summit

It was fantastic to see a range of sectors come together in Wellington this month, with the goal of working towards a sustainable future for New Zealand. The National Commission was a sponsor of the Sustainable Development Goal Summit, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington on 23 April. Key players discussed how we might achieve the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) by 2030. The SDGs include eliminating poverty, providing quality education and climate action.

Photo: Green Party Co-leader Hon James Shaw speaks at the Summit.
Credit: Victoria University of Wellington

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Watch: Youth workshop at NZAEE conference
We were impressed by the range of ages represented at the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) 9th Biennial Conference: An Ecosystem for Environmental Education – He Pūnaha Hauropi mō te mātauranga a taiao in April. As well as being a sponsor of the event, three of our Youth Reference Group members - Raven, Danielle and Injy - held a workshop to share ideas about how to engage young people in sustainability issues.

Hate and the Internet event

There is increasing discussion about hate speech and the issues associated with the publishing and circulation of hateful content online. But what is hate speech? And what does it mean in a New Zealand context? Is it a significant issue in New Zealand – and for whom? And what are the appropriate responses?
Come along to Hate and the Internet, the first of InternetNZ’s popular Speaker Series for 2018, on 22 May, 12pm-1.30pm, to explore the issues. This event is supported by the National Commission, Netsafe, Human Rights Commission, Office of the Children’s Commissioner and Massey University.

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Update: Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature

Director City of Literature Nicky Page shares the latest news from Dunedin, including mention of a dress created for the City Library’s recent exhibition Muse, a special part of the Creative Cities Southern Hui. The life-sized dress is fashioned from recycled pages and bookbinding offcuts and has literally emerged from the chapters of a novel!

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International Day of Light

Auckland Harbour Bridge will be illuminated in honour of International Day of Light on 16 May. This is a brand new day on the UNESCO calendar, which celebrates light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications and energy. Several New Zealanders will also be involved in UNESCO’s global launch in Paris, which includes panel discussions. If you are organising an event focussed around light in May contact the Day of Light Steering Committee in New Zealand to register your event.

Recommendations for reinforcing adult learning and education practices

In October last year, 95 UNESCO Member States developed concrete recommendations for actions to reinforce adult learning and education practices on a global and regional level at CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term ReviewThe Power of Adult Learning: Vision 2030. These recommendations are now set out in the outcome document of the conference, Suwon-Osan CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review Statement - The power of adult learning and education: A vision towards 2030.

Zayed Sustainability Prize

The United Arab Emirates Government is seeking entries for its Zayed Sustainability Prize. The award recognises solutions and technologies that have furthered the growth of renewable energy. Categories are Health, Food, Energy, Water, Global High Schools. The prize for each category is US$100,000. Deadline: 9 August 2018

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Recent UNESCO publication

International Days

Read messages from UNESCO HQ about some of the UNESCO-related International and World Days that happened in April:
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