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June 2018

This month we launched our contestable funding round. We also endorsed Waitaki Whitestone's bid for Global Geopark status.

Waitaki Whitestone preferred Geoparks candidate

We have endorsed Waitaki Whitestone's bid for international UNESCO Global Geopark status. The Waitaki District Council is now required to complete a full dossier by 30 November. All going to plan, Waitaki Whitestone will become a Geopark in 2019.

Photo: Moeraki Boulders.
Credit: Kirsten van der Zee


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Major grants funding round now open

If you have a project in mind that could lead to positive long-term change at a regional or national level, your organisation could be just what we're looking for. Visit our website to see if you meet our criteria for major grant funding of between $5,000 and $40,000. Expressions of Interest close on 6 July.

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National Commissions meeting in Kenya

Our Chair Robyn Baker attended the fifth interregional meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO in Diani, Kenya from 19 to 21 June. She reports back on what was discussed at the meeting.

Photo: Robyn with a delegate from Gambia.


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Creative Cities in Poland

A recent UNESCO Creative Cities Network event in Poland included representatives from Dunedin City of Literature and Auckland City of Music. Mark Roach from Auckland reports on his experience.

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Speaker series

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is hosting a speaker series in Wellington and Auckland in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University of Technology. Professor Gillian Triggs (pictured) will talk about refugee rights and Professor Paul Moon will discuss hate speech and free speech in New Zealand.

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UNESCO photo contest

UNESCO is calling for entries for the UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest. Participants aged 14-25 living or travelling along the Silk Roads are invited to "Reveal the Silk Roads" by submitting photographs that adhere to four themes: culture, monuments, landscape, and people. Using photography as a tool in this way helps to stimulate dialogue and creativity, foster mutual understanding, and promote peace. The 50 selected photographs will be printed on different media for exhibitions around the world. 

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3rd International Conference on GCED

Interested in Global Citizenship Education (GCED) pedagogy and practice? Online registration is now open for the 3rd International Conference on GCED in Seoul, Republic of Korea. To be held in September, the conference will be a platform to promote conversations on GCED, share current issues and good practices, as well as explore future steps in the area of GCED, along with diverse participants from around the world.

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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 June:
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