Special events

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In line with the proposals of young women and men who contributed to UNESCO’s online consultations, the Forum will dedicate more informal spaces for exchanges and interactions between its participants.

Thus, parallel side events will be organized throughout the three days of the Forum, including:

  • “15 minutes of fame” – moments dedicated to young leaders representing a significant source of inspiration for the young women and men who begin their careers, during which they will be invited to present their actions, paths, innovative initiatives and their struggles.
  • Exhibition of young creators and innovators – a multi-media exhibition, including photos, videos and other materials, presenting young women and men who have shown particular capacities to create and innovate and have placed such capacities in the service of their respective communities.

In addition, the Forum will be the occasion for other special events:

  • UNESCO Juan Bosch Prize - Award Ceremony
    6.30 pm - Room I, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 29 October 2013

    Karen Nathalia Cerón Steevens (25), from Colombia, is the laureate of the first UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, selected by an international jury in recognition of her research into youth violence in Central America and its application to social policies and prevention plans in Guatemala. The title of Ms Cerón Steevens research is “Sons of war or orphans of the state? A study of youth violence represented in “Maras” gangs, within the characteristics of the state and the Guatemalan context”.

    The 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, a global event that promotes young women and men’s leadership, engagement and creativity, will be the ideal space to present the award to the young researcher, which consists of a diploma and of US$10,000. The award ceremony will take place during Day 1 of the Forum (29 October).

    The UNESCO Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, named after the eminent sociology professor celebrated analyst of political and sociological processes in Latin America and Caribbean, was created in 2009. Its objective is to reward those researchers who have made an exceptional contribution towards improving the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues affecting contemporary society and enhancing the role of the social sciences in furthering our understanding of contemporary social challenges in Latin America and Caribe.

    The UNESCO Juan Bosch Prize is sponsored by the Government of Dominican Republic and the Juan Bosch Foundation.
  • Concert of Finnish Sign Language Rap Artist "Signmark"
    6.30 pm - Room I, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 29 October 2013

    One of the major events of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum is a live performance by the ground-breaking Finnish rap artist, Signmark, taking place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 29 October and open to all the public.

    Signmark (a.k.a Marko Vuoriheimo) is the first deaf artist in the world to get a record deal with an international music label.
  • Cultural Event by The Goi Peace Foundation „Drumming for Youth Civic Engagement“
    6.00 pm - Room I, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 30 October 2013

    The event will place the accent on youth civic engagement, interweaving inspirational stories by young social entrepreneurs, the launch the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition as a joint program of The Goi Peace Foundation, Stiftung Entrepreneurship and UNESCO, an interactive World Peace Flag Ceremony, and the sounds of a Japanese Kaito Drumming.

    The event will begin by stories on youth civic engagement, with three young social entrepreneurs presenting their innovative projects and speaking about their personal trajectories, aiming to inspire the Forum’s young participants to become agents of change. The three young entrepreneurs are:
    • Sofia Appelgren, Sweden – Founder and CEO of Mitt Liv. Sofia’s social enterprise objective is to tackle the dual challenges of integration and joblessness among immigrant young women in Sweden through for-profit mentoring programmes across Sweden.  Mitt Liv is working for increased cultural diversity in the Swedish labor market. It partners with traditional companies to build mentor relationships between these young women and company employees, as well as to expand educational opportunities into the extracurricular space through short courses on Swedish society, life-planning, and labour market competitiveness. Sofia is an Ashoka Fellow and a 2013 winner of the Ben & Jerry’s company “Join Our Core” social entrepreneurship competition.
    • Anjali Sarker, Bangladesh – Co-Founder of Toilet + Concept. Anjali is a social entrepreneur, innovator and a freelance journalist. The lack of sanitation is a big problem in Anjali's homeland Bangladesh. Her project Toilet+ offers a sustainable solution: its vision is to bring the rural poor of Bangladesh under safe sanitation coverage, thus saving millions of children from fatal diseases, improving the living standard of poor villagers and ensuring a pollution free environment. Toilet+ introduces a safe toilet for the poor villagers that not only provides safe sanitation but also paves the way to sell the waste for organic fertilizer production. Toilet + won the 2012 championship award and sustainability award in Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (Canada). Anjali is a solicited international speaker and the youth category first prize winner of the 2012 International Essay Contest for Young People, co-organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO.
    • Jeronimo Calderon, Switzerland – Founder and Executive Director of Euforia. Jeronimo is creating a youth-led movement that transforms social change into a desired lifestyle for Generation Y (ages 16 to 28). Euforia strongly motivates young people to take action and become societal change-makers by using youth-attractive and inspiring incentives and motivation tools. Jeronimo organizes the annual Euforia Youth Summit since 2008, where young people from all over Europe come to „impact“, sharing their expectations and bringing back home their willingness to get engaged and support replication of Euforia’s events. Jeronimo is an Ashoka Fellow, a winner of the Ashoka-Staples Social Entrepreneur Competition in 2008, and has been selected by the World Economic Forum to participate in the Davos Forum 2012 as a “Global Shaper”.
    The event will be the occasion to launch the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition, that will honor and foster young entrepreneurs (ages 15-30) who are creating positive change in their communities by helping solve some of the key challenges of today with their innovative ideas and leadership. A unique feature is its interactive website where entries will be posted for online voting and feedback from the public. Through the competition process, youth entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to optimize their ideas and develop their enterprise by receiving comments and support from the global online community. By highlighting the best examples of youth entrepreneurship, the competition aims to empower the young generation to take initiative in social innovation and become co-creators of sustainable communities around the world.

    Accompanied by the sounds of a Japanese Kaito Drumming Live Performance the evening will conclude with a World Peace Flag Ceremony, a global celebration of the human family that has been performed in many major cities around the world for more than four decades, as well as in special locations on various occasions, such as, most recently, in the General Assembly Hall of the UN in New York in February 2013.
    • Vamos Falar Português! – Let’s Speak Portuguese!
      Lusophone meeting. Youth on the Web: Lusophone voices.

      6:30 pm – UNESCO Annex, 1 rue Miollis, 75015 Paris, 30 October 2013.

      On 30 October, on the occasion of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, you are invited to participate in the 12th edition of “Vamos Falar Português!” (Let’s speak Portuguese!), an event organized by the Delegations of the Member States of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP). The meeting will provide a unique opportunity to debate and discuss current issues affecting young Lusophones in a changing and increasingly interconnected world. Discussions  will be followed by a cocktail. Contact: t.alves.br(at)unesco-delegations.org
    • Film Screening "Rising from Ashes"
      6pm - 7:45 pm, Room I, UNESCO Paris, France, 31 October 2013

      This award-winning documentary feature film was produced by the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, the Oscar wininng-actor Forest Whitaker. This movie was created with a common goal, to tell a story of redemption, hope and second chances. It is about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national cycling team. As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find new purpose as they rise from the ashes of their past.

      Rising From Ashes is more than a movie; it is a story that relates to each and every one of us. It is a gateway of hope. Rwanda is a country recovering from one of the World’s most devastating genocides and they have longed for heroes. The riders of Team Rwanda have become more than just a cycling team, they have become ambassadors of hope and men to look up to.

      The screening will take place in the presence of T.C. Johnston, Director and Producer, and Greg Kwedar, Producer.

      Rising from Ashes will be screened in English.
      For more information about Rising from Ashes visit: https://risingfromashesthemovie.com/.  
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