Format and duration
The Forum will last for three days, from Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 October 2013.
The format of the Forum has been redesigned based on the suggestions made by the youth participants of the last UNESCO Youth Forum (October 2011) and by young women and men across the world who participated in the preparatory online youth consultations that UNESCO conducted in February-April 2013 to identify the theme, format and agenda of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum.
The Forum will include more interactive and youth-led debates; it will create opportunities and spaces to network; build synergies between youth and institutional partners; and will allow exchanging practices, showcasing actions benefitting youth, strengthening capacities and creating artistic content.
More specifically, it will include:
- Working group sessions on the theme of the Forum, structured around the three axes of the UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021. These sessions will serve to debate and finalize the recommendations of the Forum.
- Regional working group sessions that will be dedicated to the selection of the 15 action projects that will receive the label of the “8th UNESCO Youth Forum”.
- Capacity-building workshops aiming at introducing to the young participants of the Forum the diverse opportunities offered by public, private, and civil society actors.
- A “marketplace” where other partners will exhibit their work and host one-to-one discussions or coaching/mentoring sessions for young participants.
- A multimedia exhibition (including photos, videos, etc.) presenting the work of young creators and innovators in the fields of education, natural and social and human sciences, culture and communication.
- Parallel side events will also be organized to showcase specific programmes or practices. Among them, moments dedicated to “15 minutes of fame” will allow young leaders to present their actions and paths, and exchange about their successes but also specific risks..
- The UNESCO-Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean will be awarded at the end of Day 1 (29 October).