More than 500 young women and men from all over the world came together during the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum from 29 to 31 October, 2013 to to discuss and reflect on the challenges young people face and to review the organisation’s operational strategy on Youth 2014-2021.
Young people are seen as equal partners in peace building and the promotion of sustainable development. Building on the opinions and proposals of youth though an online consultation, the theme of this 8th edition was “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”.
The 8th UNESCO Youth Forum was one of change and innovation. In line with the proposals of young women and men who contributed to UNESCO’s online consultations, the Forum provided more informal spaces for exchanges and interactions between its participants.
Two were its innovative features:
For the first time an open call for project proposals to be implemented by and for young people was launched, out of which 15 action programmes were selected by the youth participants and received the label “8th UNESCO Youth Forum”.
Coaching and mentoring session were also initiated providing the youth delegates with multiple and varied tools to develop and reinforce their capacities, allowing them to be more operational upon their return to their countries.
Numerous side events also held throughout the three days of Forum, both inside and outside UNESCO.