28.06.2011 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

UNESCO and EVAC join forces to strengthen youth civic engagement

© UNESCO/A. Freindorf - From left to right: Emilio Azcárraga Jean, President of the Council of Espacio Vinculación A.C. (EVAC), and Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO

On Monday 27 June 2011, Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, and Emilio Azcárraga Jean, President of the Council of Espacio Vinculación A.C. (EVAC) and of Grupo Televisa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Working together since 2006, both organizations confirm, through this agreement, their commitment to their joint initiative “UNESCO-EVAC Youth Dialogue.”

With this mutually beneficial alliance, both organizations join forces to strengthen their commitment towards youth civic engagement and to facilitate the dissemination of information and sharing of data by and for young people through online technologies.

UNESCO and EVAC believe that young people are the main protagonists for the positive transformation of their environment, and share the mission of actively and critically contributing to building a better future, which is more tolerant and supportive.

Both UNESCO and EVAC recognize the crucial role that the media can play as a tool for building a culture of peace and reinforcing dialogue among cultures and communities in the XXI century.

In this perspective, EVAC is a key actor for the digital media and social networks movement both in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean region. EVAC’s youth networks and forums, such as “Espacio” and “Vanguardia”, are initiatives that bridge the gap between academia, civil society, young people and decision-makers.

Among others, EVAC will start a media campaign aimed at broadcasting information about UNESCO's actions and initiatives throughout Latin America. It will help in promoting UNESCO’s messages on anti-discrimination in professional soccer clubs in Latin America, contribute to building capacities on democracy education in African Lusophone countries, and provide support for the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum organized from 17 to 20 October 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters.

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