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 December 2020

Kia Ora koutou,

It’s been a huge year all around the world, and now’s a good time to stop and unwind. We’ve been buoyed by the many interesting, responsive and creative projects that have been born of necessity this year and we’ve been delighted to be able to support some of this work over that time.

We'll be continuing with our mahi to promote peace through dialogue in the new year.
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO wishes you a happy, relaxed and connected festive season.

Decade of Ocean Science begins in 2021

In 2021 the UN Decade of Ocean Science begins. The National Commission has been working with external partners and UNESCO to ensure we can help share projects and work that will be happening in New Zealand and the Pacific. 

To do this we’ve brought together an array of experts to form a reference group that will help guide and shape New Zealand's contribution to the decade. A couple of weeks ago the inaugral meeting took place and we were honoured to welcome the group of fantastic contributors.

The decade kicks off in 2021 and to find out more visit the UNESCO website.

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader, Anne-Sophie Pagé, has also been getting involved in oceans work. She joined the UN Ocean Decade Youth Summit - Heirs to our Ocean - which took place online in early December with more than 200 young people from over 50 countries participating. Anne-Sophie said, "It was both empowering and humbling to be in a space designed to empower youth to advocate for our ocean." 
On Monday the 30th of November, Wellington City of Film launched its strategy for the city. With a line-up of talented industry professionals attending the night was a celebration of new plans for the city's screen sector. Read the Dominion Post article and watch the newly created showreel highlighting the city's cinematic history and its successes.
Wellington Creative City of Film showreel

Dunedin tweets partner SDGs with books

Dunedin, City of Literature, is running a fun Twitter campaign at the moment that pairs books and writers with the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals - find out what title is partnered with which goal 

Beethoven's 250th birthday celebrated In Auckland and the world

Auckland City of Music joined 14 other international Unesco Cities of Music to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. The
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra started the concert last week with a performance of Symphony No.6 'Pastoral', conducted by Douglas Boyd.
The event was an act of solidarity with artists who have lost most of their sources of income due to the restrictions introduced in the fight against the Coronavirus.

The full concert can be viewed on Facebook.

Read more

Watch: Peter O'Connor talk about Te Rito Toi

The Global Citizenship Education Ideas Exchange that took place at the end of October garnered lots of thinking about education, and Professor Peter O'Connor of Auckland University shared the success story of Te Rito Toi - the resource created to help students and teachers get back to school after lockdown.
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