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March 2018

We're excited about the two conferences we're sponsoring next month. Read about these and more in this issue.

NZAEE 2018 Conference

The National Commission is sponsoring the NZAEE Conference – An Ecosystem for Environmental Education - He Pūnaha Hauropi mō te mātauranga a taiao, to be held from 18-20 April in Wellington. The conference will explore our own ecosystem and the ways we can nurture it to ensure its health for decades to come. Members of our Youth Reference Group will run a workshop on leadership in sustainability, aimed at young people.

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SDG Summit

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are everybody’s responsibility – and their ultimate aim is sustainable peace and development. That’s why we’ve chosen to sponsor the inaugural New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit in Wellington on 23 April. The Summit aims to start a cross-sectoral conversation about how we can take action together in New Zealand. Registrations are welcome from businesses, government, academia, civil society and students enrolled at tertiary institutions.

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Seeking Expressions of Interest: Memory of the World NZ register

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is seeking submissions to its New Zealand documentary heritage register.  Expressions of interest close on 30 April and nominations for inscription close on 31 August.

Photo: Miss Rosaline Frank. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 181144 (collection inscribed in 2017)

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Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

We provided funding for Dr Geoff Hicks to participate as an expert advisor in the 6th Plenary of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Medellin, Colombia this month. IPBES was established to improve the science-policy interface and ensure better policy decisions are made in a global setting. Four landmark science reports assessing biodiversity and ecosystem services, written by more than 550 leading experts from over 100 countries, were released at the plenary, as well as a report on land degradation and restoration.

Photo: Geoff with Joanne Perry from the Department of Conservation, New Zealand head of the delegation to IPBES.

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Te Hā Tangata book launch

Secretary General Vicki Soanes attended the launch of the book Te Hā Tangata: The Breath of the People, hosted by the Soup Kitchen Wellington on 21 March.

The book is the culmination of the 2017 Te Hā Tangata - Human Library on Homelessness​ project, sponsored by the National Commission, which enabled the Taonga, people who have experienced homelessness, to share their stories. It documents the project's journey and shares some of the incredibly moving stories that resulted. Copies are available for $29.95 plus $5 postage at

Youth Week 2018 poster design competition

Ara Taiohi is seeking posters that are exciting, engaging and represent the theme of this year’s Youth Week (19-27 May): Be who you want to be!  Entrants must be aged between 12 and 24. The winning poster will be printed and distributed nationally to over 1,500 organisations and individuals. Deadline: 5pm, 23 April.

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Whanganui to celebrate International Jazz Day

Whanganui will join the UNESCO International Jazz Day celebrations on 30 April with an event of two parts, both taking place in the Prince Edward Auditorium at Wanganui Collegiate School. This will include a workshop in the afternoon, run by Dr Rodger Fox of the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM), and an evening concert featuring Rodger and his NZSM Big Band and guest Michel Benebig. 

Photo: Rodger Fox. Credit: Nick Granville

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Recent UNESCO publications

International Days

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