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July 2019

Open invitation to GCED panel discussion

We’re hosting a free panel discussion on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Wellington on 12 August – please come along for an evening of stimulating conversation and networking! Opened by Associate Minister of Education Hon Jenny Salesa (pictured left), the event will feature the perspectives of five well-respected academics and thinkers. Each was commissioned to write a discussion paper on what GCED means in a New Zealand context, and from a diverse range of perspectives.

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Hanoi GCED conference

In early July, UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Pete McKenzie spent four days meeting some of the world’s foremost education experts at UNESCO’s biannual forum on sustainable development and global citizenship. The conference was hosted in Hanoi, Vietnam. He shares his experience.

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Youth representation at UN meeting

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Ashlee Peacock was part of the panel that presented New Zealand’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) report to the United Nations at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development this week. She also delivered a speech on youth and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The VNR reports on New Zealand’s progress towards the implementation of the United Nations SDGs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The People's Report launch

We provided funding for The People’s Report, launched by Hui E! Community Aotearoa in July. This is an alternate report on the SDGs, including 17 reports contributed to by more than 20 New Zealanders from different organisations.  

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Gen What? survey launches

The National Commission is one of the supporters of the Generation What? NZ survey. This is part of the world’s biggest ever poll about the Y Generation. We encourage anyone aged 18-34 to take the time to fill out this fun poll – as well as help spread the word.

Take the survey

NZ Model United Nations

We were proud to sponsor UN Youth New Zealand’s NZ Model UN 2019 event in early July. We are a regular sponsor of this event, which is an excellent opportunity for secondary school students to experience a taste of life as a diplomat. Through debating, students learn more about the world and their own place within it as a global citizen. There are some excellent photos on the UN Youth New Zealand Facebook page.

Youth Declaration launch

It was great to be part of the Youth Declaration launch at Parliament, celebrating a youth vision for Aotearoa. Created at the Aotearoa Youth Declaration conference in April, organised by UN Youth, the Youth Declaration document identifies the biggest challenges in our society and offers tangible solutions designed by youth. 

Read the Youth Declaration

Revitalising te reo Māori

In the International Year of Indigenous Languages, we welcome Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori’s (Maori Language Commission) initiative to engage young people in debate about the revitalisation of the Māori language. Māori and non- Māori rangatahi aged 13-18 are being asked for their ideas on how the Government’s strategy to revitalise the Māori language could be carried out. Regional hui are being held around the country, leading up to a National Rangatahi Summit in December 2019.

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