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Call for Nomination: 10th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris (Africa Region) 2017

Call for Nomination: 10th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris (Africa Region) 2017

Deadline: April 12, 2017

Nominations are now invited for Africans to attend the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris, France. The 10th UNESCO Youth Forum will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, from 25 to 26 October 2017. The Forum will bring together expert youth from all regions of the world to discuss pertinent issues related to UNESCO fields of competence that they will identify during a preparatory phase earlier in the year.

The UNESCO Youth Forum will ensure maximum interaction between youth and UNESCO staff, working on youth actions. It will last for two days and some 80 to 100 young people from all over the world (but not representing their own countries) will be invited to attend. The primary aim of the Forum is to start developing long-term relationships with exceptional youth for the better implementation of the Organization’s Operational Strategy on Youth.

The objectives of the Forum will be as follows:

  • To discuss how UNESCO can better engage with youth and scale up outstanding youth actions
  • To develop lasting relationships between exceptional youth and UNESCO’s Programme Sectors to promote the better implementation of the Operational Strategy on Youth
  • To co-design a series of regional Youth Spaces (to be held over the next 2 years) to enable youth to address the issues most affecting them at a regional/sub-regional level.


Nominations will be made by UNESCO Secretariat in accordance with strict criteria:

  • The participant has either led or co-shaped an innovative social initiative that relates to one of UNESCO’s areas of competence
  • This social initiative has received a significant amount of public recognition/government recognition/media coverage
  • A particular emphasis should be placed on stories of resilience
  • The participant is aged between 18-29 where possible, or should be within the youth age definition of his/her country or region

NOTE: It is vital that any youth proposed are truly inspiring and leading change in their communities and beyond and that they have an important story to tell. These stories should be included in the submission form and evidence must be provided. Listing events the youth have attended or organizations they belong to is no longer sufficient.

For further information about the sort of youth they are looking for, please have a look at the #YouthOfUNESCO stories on the UNESCO Youth Facebook page. The idea is to nominate the most inspiring youth from our networks and beyond working on a subject related to UNESCO’s field of competence.


For more information, visit UNESCO Youth Forum.

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