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November 2018

November was a busy month, with eight new inscriptions for the Memory of the World NZ register, a strategy launch for Auckland UNESCO City of Music, and Waitaki Whitestone reaching the next milestone in its bid to become a UNESCO Global Geopark... and more!

New Memory of the World NZ inscriptions

We celebrated the inscription of eight outstanding documentary heritage items to the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand register. You can watch the acceptance speeches by representatives of each inscription on our YouTube channel.

Photo: Herepo Rongo, Waikato, 1970 by Marti Friedlander.

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Mental health education resource launched

We hosted the launch of a resource book on mental health education this month, alongside our co-funders, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. The writing of Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing was made possible through a Beeby Fellowship. The book is a practical ‘pick up and go’ resource to support busy teachers to deliver health education.

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Watch an interview with lead researchers Katie Fitzpatrick and Kat Wells about their book Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing.

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark dossier off to Paris

Commissioners unanimously endorsed Waitaki Whitestone’s 300-page dossier at our National Commission meeting this month. We have submitted the dossier to UNESCO in Paris for its next round of evaluations in the process of becoming a UNESCO Global Geopark.

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Auckland launches Music Strategy

Auckland officially launched its Auckland Music Strategy Te Rautaki Puoro o Tāmaki Makaurau 2018-2021 as a member of the UNESCO Creative City Network this month. 

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2018 Beeby Award winner

Dr Pip Arnold has been announced as this year’s Beeby Award recipient. She will use her $30,000 prize money to create a resource to support statistics teaching and learning in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The resource will aim to connect statistical literacy to the skills needed to navigate our data rich world.

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Create1World

We provided minor grant funding to the Create2World Creative Activism and Global Citizenship Conference, aimed at creative 13-18 year olds interested in using the arts for social change. UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leaders Danielle Newton (Auckland) and Ashlee Peacock (Wellington) participated on behalf of the Commission.

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2019 Global Education Monitoring Report

The 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report on migration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls, is now available.

It examines the education impact of all population movements: within and across borders, voluntary and forced, for employment and education. It also reviews progress on education in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Recent UNESCO publications

International Days


Read messages from UNESCO HQ about some of the UNESCO-related international days that happened in November:
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