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November 2019

Kia ora tātou,
The National Commission team has been busy working across many projects over the last couple of months, and this pace will continue till the end of the year.

We shared some big news last week, congratulating Wellington on becoming a UNESCO Creative City of Film. Read on for more details.
At the beginning of October we worked in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission and mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu to host The Youth Diversity Forum, you can read all about it in this newsletter, and check out our photos and videos on Facebook – it was a special event.
The team is currently gearing up for the biennial 40th UNESCO General Conference. The conference brings together all 193 UNESCO Member States to discuss a range of agenda items and agree on the programme and budget for the organisation. There will also be an inter-regional meeting of National Commissions which is a chance to share progress on UNESCO goals and work programmes and to ensure new opportunities for the future are discussed.

The 11th UNESCO Youth Forum also takes place at this time, and one of our Aotearoa Youth Leaders, Ashlee Peacock, will be in attendance. We’ll report back on all that in our December newsletter.

Youth Diversity Forum 

Our Youth Diversity Forum, a partnership with Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and the Human Rights Commission held in Ōtautahi Christchurch was a place for robust discussion and generating ideas and solutions for the future of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Youth Diversity Forum - wrap up

Watch: Youth Diversity Forum - what young people want

Wellington claims UNESCO Creative Cities title for film

Wellington has joined Sydney, Rome, Galway, Bristol and Busan in South Korea as a City of Film.
UNESCO awarded New Zealand's capital city the internationally recognised accolade last Thursday, making it one of 18 cities in the world to have the title.

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Ocean's Speak

The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO supported the recent Te Paepae o Tangaroa symposium held in Gisborne. Our Social Sciences Commissioner Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop and youth leader, Ashlee Peacock, attended the two day event focusing on the future and ongoing sustainability of our oceans.

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Sport and social change at heart of UNESCO Funshop in Korea

Sport Wellington's Community Advisor Meghan Wilby joined about 70 other youth leaders in Seoul to devise new ways sport can make positive social change. The September workshop was only the second of its kind and seeks to address sustainable development goals through the lens of sport.

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Award in Global Citizenship Education

Are you encouraging New Zealanders to become responsible and active global citizens? We’d like to hear about your work.
Please help spread the word about our Award in Global Citizenship Education, open to the education sector and community groups.
Applications for the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO’s GCED award open 4 November 2019 and close 27 March 2020.
For more information:
Auckland, UNESCO City of Music hosting Bob Geldof and Mick Fleetwood and young musicians in September. Read more

L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science 2019 Fellowship

Taranaki based pediatrician and researcher, Dr Yvonne Anderson, has been awarded the New Zealand L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science 2019 Fellowship. The Whānau Pakari programme she has developed takes a community-based approach to support families' weight issues through local activities and home assessments - removing barriers to care.
Dr Anderson say she’s committed to building on her research to assist Whānau Pakari’s aim to share knowledge that helps families achieve healthy lifestyle change.
“I believe all children deserve the best start in life, and everyone has a role in supporting families to achieve this for their kids.”

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NetHui 2019 safety, inclusion and wellbeing on the open Internet

Nethui took place from the 2-4th of October in Wellington. The theme for this year’s hui was safety, inclusion and wellbeing on an open Internet in response to the Christchurch Call. The National Commission was one of Nethui’s sponsors; media and information literacy is a core focus area for the Commission and in September UNESCO signed up to the Christchurch Call
To watch videos of the Nethui speakers, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s address, and keynote Jillian York, check the Nethui blog for links:    

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