24.10.2011 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

UNESCO joins forces with NGO Peace and Sport to drive youth inclusion in post-conflict countries

Youth Delegate from Côte d'Ivoire © UNESCO / Andrew Burton

The 7th UNESCO Youth Forum, promoting a collective youth voice for change, acts as an international megaphone for young people to broadcast their opinions to decision makers around the world.

The Forum, taking place from 17 to 20 October 2011, occurs at a time when the world is witnessing increasing discontent among its youth populations! What began as isolated protests at a national level – now known as the Arab Spring -  have engulfed the world and transformed into an international campaign, led by youth ”Driving the Change”.

Despite this, young people the world are still facing major challenges which prevent their full civic participation. In this context, young women and men, from all over the world, are driven by a from all over need to reshape their socio-economic future, to impress their views and to work with government bodies and civil society organizations to progress development at all levels.

Within the framework of the partnership agreement between UNESCO and Peace and Sport, the Peace and Sport International Forum, to be held in Monaco from 26 to 28 October under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II, will provide a continuum for the recommendations of the UNESCO Youth Forum Delegates. 

As part of a video challenge set by UNESCO and Peace and Sport, Ms Nathalie Soro the UNESCO Youth Forum representative from the Ivory Coast, has been selected to participate in the Monaco Forum to present the conclusions of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum and to outline the challenges faced by youth in post conflict areas, especially in Africa.

This participation will provide an unparalleled opportunity to create a tangible link between different actors in the field of youth and sport, supporting the coordination of activities in this field and convincing international policy-makers and key civil society organizations regarding the power of sport for community building and youth development.

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