When :from Tuesday 12 November, 2019 15:30 to Tuesday 12 November, 2019 17:30
Type of event :General Conference
Where :UNESCO Headquarters, Room I, 125 avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France
12 November 2019 will mark the opening of the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference, which brings together the Organization’s 193 Member States once every two years.
On this occasion, Heads of State and Government will be invited to exchange with young leaders and agents of change from all over the world from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday 12 November (UNESCO Headquarters, Room I). Through this conversation, we aim to shed light on youth perspectives on global cooperation and identify new ways to engage young people in decision-making, promote their aspirations and meet their expectations. This requires new and tangible commitments by both Heads of State and young people on ways and means to deepen global cooperation and strengthen the foundations of international dialogue.
The major challenges of our era are global in nature, and require coordinated, multilateral solutions. Yet we are also seeing rising divisions in many places, with multilateralism increasingly being called into question. This is leading to a lack of cooperation and more fragmented, ineffective responses.
Across the world, young women and men are leading the way in demonstrating the value of global solidarity and mobilizing across borders to drive change for more inclusive and sustainable societies. These values are of particular concern to UNESCO, which was created almost 75 years ago to “build peace in the minds of men and women” by promoting international cooperation and mutual understanding through education, science, culture and communication. They underpin our commitment to engage meaningfully with young people and to bring youth voices, experiences and ideas to global debates, building the open exchanges and collaboration that we need for positive change today.
In this context, the participants of the High-Level Panel will be invited to discuss the following main questions:
* What is needed to promote mutual respect and “intellectual and moral solidarity” today, as called for in the Constitution of UNESCO?
* What commitments are needed to promote global cooperation and international dialogue?
* What kinds of innovations are needed to strengthen global cooperation as we work towards the 2030 Agenda and the objective of “leaving no one behind”?
* What has been achieved so far that we can build on further?