NEWSFLASH 2016:  L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO are seeking nominations for outstanding women scientists – with €100,000 on offer.  More

Congratulations Dunedin!


The National Commission proudly congratulates Dunedin - who after many months of preparaton, hard work and collaboration, have recently received the international designation as a Creative City of Literature by UNESCO.  Read More

International Year of Light


2015 was declared by UN resolution (A/RES/68/221) to be the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL2015) - Read more.

Looking Beyond Disaster Toolkit

Looking Beyond Disaster

Based on the Looking Beyond Disaster UNESCO Youth Forum series that began in Christchurch in 2011, the LBD Toolkit was created to support young people who want to enhance the disaster resilience of their communities.

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Let's put culture on the agenda now!

Let's put culture on the agenda now!

"Let's put culture on the agenda now!" is the message of Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, and Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator on culture and development.