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June 2019


Hangzhou climate change education conference

We supported youth participation in the Asia Pacific meeting on Low Carbon Action in Hangzhou, China this month, by contributing funding towards travel expenses. The theme of the meeting was ‘achieving zero carbon through education’. 

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Hui E! 'People's Report' launch

We’re looking forward to the public launch of Hui E! Community Aotearoa’s People's Report on the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 3 July. The National Commission contributed funding toward this report, which provides an important community perspective. The launch will be followed by a cross-sector panel discussion on the theme of 'Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. All welcome.

SDG Summit sponsorship

We are proud to be a Silver sponsor of the second New Zealand SDG Summit in Auckland on 2 September. Accelerated action, together is the theme, which will address how to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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UN Youth 20th birthday celebration

UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Peter McKenzie attended UN Youth’s 20th birthday celebration on 1 June. He reflects on the organisation.

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Call for NZ UNESCO Memory of the World Register nominations

What documentary heritage would you like see acknowledged on the New Zealand UNESCO Memory of the World register? The UNESCO Memory of the World Aotearoa New Zealand Trust is calling for nominations by 31 August 2019.

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Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting

Mark Roach from Auckland City of Music reports back on the UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Meeting he attended in Fabriano, Italy from 12 to 15 June, along with Mayor Dave Cull from Dunedin City of Literature. He reports back.

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Supporting indigenous knowledge

We supported two representatives – Rawinia Higgins and Charisma Rangipunga from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – to attend and speak at the ‘Let the Languages Live Conference’ in Canada at the end of June. The conference gave indigenous language experts and advocates from around the world opportunities to share their knowledge and learn by hearing and telling stories about keeping their languages thriving. We will feature an in-depth report in the next newsletter.

Colombia/NZ reflections on climate change

Former UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone has been doing some climate change work in Colombia through a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America. She compares New Zealand and Colombia’s attitudes and their impacts on climate change.

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Recent UNESCO publications

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