Recommendations: making ideas work

© UNESCO / Andrew Burton
Youth Drive Change - UNESCO Youth Forum 2011, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 17-20 October 2011

In addition to the youth-led action projects, the Forum will identify a set of strategic recommendations that will focus on the Forum’s theme and be articulated around the three axes of the UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth, namely: i) Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth; ii) Capacity development for the transition to adulthood; and iii) Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation. The Forum will identify a maximum three strategic and succinct recommendations for each of these axes of work.

The process for the development and the finalization of these recommendations has been innovated to be more youth-friendly, participatory and interactive, as well as more flexible and less formal. It is based on the evaluation 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.

For the first time, young people across the world will be able to participate in the formulation of the Forum’s strategic recommendations in advance of the Forum. An on-line discussion platform led by the youth delegates will be launched, allowing young people from across the world to share local concerns and needs, to debate their ideas and suggestions and prepare a preliminary draft of the Forum’s recommendations. These recommendations will then be finalized in Paris, during the Forum, by the young participants.

To participate, mark the dates below and join the debates:

21 August 2013: Launch of the online discussion space

UNESCO launches an online discussion space, which will be open to all young people across the world so that they may contribute to the debate on the recommendations. This space, driven by the youth delegates, will remain online until, throughout and after the Forum.

26 August – 30 September : online debate in three discussion groups

  • The online discussion space will host three parallel discussion groups, each corresponding to one of the three axes of the Operational Strategy on Youth (see above). Young people will be able to participate in the group/s that interest/s them the most. In each group, specific questions will be posted, when necessary, by UNESCO’s Youth Team to either kick-start the debate or boost/revamp discussions.
  • For each of the three groups, the young participants will be invited to form a “drafting team” which should be composed of youth delegates that will participate in the Forum in October (a minimum two - one young man and one young woman). Each of the three “drafting teams” will be responsible for going through the online debates for their respective discussion group, synthesizing what was discussed and preparing the draft recommendations for their group.
  • By 15 September, the drafting teams in each discussion group should prepare a first draft of the recommendations, which they will share with the members of their respective group for further review, debate and comments.
  • By 30 September, each discussion group should, through their drafting team, finalize and share with the UNESCO Youth Team their draft recommendations (maximum three per group).

30 September – 14 October: online “plenary” debate

  • UNESCO’s Youth Team will compile in a single document the nine recommendations emanating from the three discussion groups, and share them online . Young people participating in the online discussion platform will be able to review and debate the full text of draft recommendations.
  • The three drafting teams (see above) will be responsible for revising the draft text of recommendations by 14 October.

29-31 October 2013 : Debate and finalization of the recommendations during the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

The text with the draft recommendations that has emanated from the online debate will be presented and discussed during the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum in both plenary and working group discussions.

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