Alliance of Civilizations: Youth and the Rapprochement of Cultures


Sustainable rapprochement demands the commitment and participation of youth. Unfortunately, young people have not only been victims but often also participants in conflict between cultural groups.

Working in concert with key partners such as UNESCO, the Alliance of Civilizations proposed a media event focusing on "How Children and Young People View the Role of Education in Rapprochement".
This event featured children and young people from around the world (including former child soldiers) who expressed their views on how education, both formal and non-formal, could help to promote rapprochement.

Moreover, in the context of Youth and the Rapprochement of Cultures, the Alliance of Civilizations provided the meands to a group of young people to develop a short video highlighting their thoughts about the Rapprochement of Cultures on the occasion of the International Youth Day (on August 12).

Another project was to dedicate a portion of the on-line Forum hosted by the Alliance of Civilizations Website to the theme of the Rapprochement of Cultures. Every month a different sub-theme/question/survey was posted and responses were demanded from all youth visitors to the website. Youth moderators ensured that these on-line discussions were productive and they highlighted innovative approaches contributing to the Rapprochement of Cultures.

In addition, Alliance of Civilizations encouraged youth partners to implement initiatives under the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures and to promote their work through the Global Youth Mouvement for the Alliance of Civilizations. Such an approach allowed youth organizations to link their own programming with the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures and therefore made this a true grass-roots and international campaign.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International


  • Favoriser le dialogue au service du développement durable
  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

Alliance of Civilizations

01/01/2010 - 31/12/2010