Second International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue − 12-14 April 2017

About the Conference

During this three-day event, the young participants will share experiences and knowledge from their volunteering work related to the domains of UNESCO’s field of competences, as well as submitting project proposals for international collaboration to foster the vital values of solidarity, empathy, critical thinking, social engagement and meaningful civic participation. Through workshops and plenary sessions, the 100 young representatives will advance these aims, focusing on four thematic areas:

  • social inclusion: a process and an outcome
  • the importance of intercultural education for learning to live together
  • communication and the role of the media in creating a positive sense of belonging
  • youth engagement with cultural heritage and the arts to strengthen social cohesion.

During the Conference, the young participants will also elaborate a Joint Declaration, which will seek to raise awareness of the role of youth volunteerism in advancing social cohesion and preventing violence and extremism, outlining key future commitments and initiatives on these issues raised during the Conference.