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February 2020

New commissioners appointed

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is pleased to announce the appointment of two commissioners. Vanisa Dhiru has been appointed the new Communication and Information Commissioner, while Dr Geoff Hicks has been reappointed to the role of Natural Sciences Commissioner.
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Pictured: Communication and Information Commissioner, Vanisa Dhiru

Meet our newest UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders

Late last year five new young people became UNESCO Aotearoa Leaders. The full group comprises 10 young people (18-25 years) who contribute to the National Commission’s work with their perspective, experience and drive. Find out what motivates these young leaders... Read More

1.5 Degrees Live 

Anne-Sophie Page, one of our newest Aotearoa Youth Leaders, read publicly in Christchurch on the 26th of January as part of the of 1.5 Degrees Live event – a collective reading of the 2018 report on the impacts of global warming above 1.5 degrees.
“It was both empowering and humbling to be in a space designed to change mindsets in the face of the climate crisis. By sitting up there and simply reading I realised the important role that initiatives like this play." Said Anne-Sophie.
Fellow youth leader, Brodie Cross, supported the event that aimed to raise awareness of climate science. 

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Monday the 27th of January was Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was also the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp, Auschwitz. National Commission Chair, Robyn Baker, spoke at the Wellington event held by the Holocaust Centre. Robyn talked about the importance of freedom of expression, not only as central to our human rights, but also as a right we need collectively protect and be responsible for. Read more

Pictured: Grant Robertson and National Commission Secretary General, Vicki Soanes laying stones of remembrance with two young supporters.

Connecting more young people to te reo Māori

At the end of last year, Maia Tapsell, one of our Aotearoa Youth Leaders, attended the Raranga.Tahi Summit, that brought together young people to share their ideas for revitalisation of te reo Māori. Maia reflected that a lot of the participants felt the same way - they were often too shy to korero in case they got it wrong...
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Upcoming Events

UNESCO Memory of the World - inscription to the New Zealand register

18 February

Celebrate the taonga that have been recently inscribed to the Memory of the World New Zealand Register. Representatives from Auckland Public Library, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Hocken Collections, and the Alexander Turnbull Library will speak about the items from these collections, why they were selected and why they are important to the history of New Zealand.

Date: Tuesday 18 February |   Time: 12:10pm to 1pm| Cost:  Free |  Venue: National Library of New Zealand, lower ground auditorium 
Around the World in 80 Tales: Storytelling Festival Dunedin

29 March 

Held at Dunedin Public Libraries in partnership with Otepoti Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, Around the World in 80 Tales celebrates World Storytelling Day through the stories of Dunedin’s diverse cultures. A dozen or more different languages can be heard, and performers, dancers, puppets, and music come together to create a beautifully colourful gala day. It offers audiences the chance to celebrate diversity, hear other languages and experience the universality of story.

Date: Sunday 29 March |   Time: 11am - 3.30pm | Cost:  Free |  Venue: Dunedin City Library

Global Citizen Education Award

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is now calling for applications for its Global Citizen Education Award.

The National Commission Award on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) will recognise outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organisations related to GCED.

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wishes to recognise programmes or initiatives that encourage New Zealanders to become responsible and active global citizens. The categories are: Education Sector; Community; Innovation.

Applications close on 12 June 2020

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