31.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Be part of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

Call for action projects driven by young people.

Are you member of a youth-led or youth-focused organization, a project leader or a young entrepreneur, who is active in an established NGO?

Have you got creative and innovative ideas related to one of the 7 themes of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 29 to 31 October 2013 (social inclusion, civic engagement and participation, social entrepreneurship and innovation, prevention of violence and conflicts, intercultural dialogue, democracy and skills development)?

Then, read this message attentively and share it with your friends!  The following information will interest you!

You can become one of the young actors driving social change, as part of the UNESCO Youth Forum, by sending us your proposal for an innovative action project to be implemented in your community, country or region, by 12 August 2013  ̶  International Youth Day!

For the first time in its history, the UNESCO Youth Forum will be placed under the global theme “Youth and Social Inclusion: civic engagement, dialogue and skills development”, will select 15 youth-led action projects, representing all of the world’s regions, and award them with a UNESCO Youth Forum Label. The label will be a mark of quality and feasibility, and a concrete recognition of the young initiators of the winning projects, offering a boost in their work. It will also be a starting point for the implementation of the projects, by helping to mobilize support, funds, partnerships and international visibility.

By the end of September 2013, out of all the proposals received from 15 July to 12 August 2013, an international independent jury will pre-select 45 projects and their initiators will be invited to submit an original and creative one-minute video describing their project so that these 45 short films can be visible online by mid-October 2013. The 45 pre-selected projects will then be discussed by the young participants of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum. Finally, 15 youth-led action projects (3 youth-led action projects per the five UNESCO regions) will be selected to be announced on 31 October 2013 and presented to the 37th UNESCO General Conference in November 2013.

Allowing young people to submit recommendations to 195 UNESCO’s Member States’ representatives at the highest decision-making level, the UNESCO Youth Forum brings together, every two years, at the eve of the UNESCO General Conference, around 400 young participants  from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, detect common preoccupations and problems.

As expounded in its UNESCO Youth Strategy 2014-2021, UNESCO recognizes youth as key drivers of peace and development and agents for positive change. The Organization strives to promote youth-led actions across the globe by offering face-to-face support and help in putting ideas of young women and men into practice.




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