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January 2019

Happy New Year to you all! We're delighted to share our latest news with you. The National Commission looks forward to a busy year, including commencing work in some new strategic areas.

Remembering the Holocaust

The focus of this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 January) was on the Righteous Among the Nations – the non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from extermination. The National Commission supported events in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Chair Robyn Baker and Vicki Soanes participated in the Wellington commemoration.

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Seeking new youth recruits

Are you a young person committed to promoting peace and social justice in New Zealand and the Pacific? Then the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wants to hear from you! We’re currently inviting applications from youth aged between 18 and 25 to join our UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders. The group consists of young leaders who serve as advisors to the National Commissioners and ambassadors of UNESCO’s work.

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Marti Friedlander Archive – inscribed on UNESCO Memory of the World NZ register in 2018
Last year we interviewed representatives from each of the eight new inscriptions on the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand register. Many of those videos are now on our YouTube channel – including this one about the photographic archive of Marti Friedlander.

Dunedin's literary app

Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature has teamed up with the University of Otago’s Department of English and Linguistics to create dtour, an app that links remarkable writers and their stories to remarkable sites in Dunedin and the Otago region.

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Calling all playwrights

Playwrights are invited to contribute to the success of the UNESCO Cities of Literature Short Play Festival, which will be hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin between September 12 and 20, 2019. 

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Recent UNESCO publications

International Days

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