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You(th) define(s) the thematic agenda of the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum

In response to an online UNESCO survey, 3668 young women and men indicated their preferences for the thematic agenda of the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 26 to 28 October 2015, on the theme “Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet”. Education and skills for sustainable development and employability, diversity and culture of peace, and rights and freedoms are the top themes relevant to the post-2015; and, in the area of climate, the priorities are awareness-raising through media, mobilizing traditional knowledge, and youth solutions to address climate change.

Committed to actively engaging young people from across the world in designing and preparing the UNESCO Youth Forum, UNESCO conducted an on-line survey, from 24 March to 13 April 2015, to consult young women and man on the thematic agenda of the 9th edition of the Forum.

3,668 youth between 15 and 35 years old from all regions of the world, of which 53.7% young women and 46.3% young men, answered the survey. The objective was to help shape the Forum’s sub-themes within UNESCO’s mandate and around two main thematic areas:

1.    Young global citizens in a post-2015 world; and
2.    Young global citizens addressing climate change.

For the first thematic area, their top choices are:

  • education for sustainable development (ESD) (17.6% of all respondents);
  • diversity and culture of peace (16.8% of the respondents);
  • youth employability (16.6% of all respondents);
  • youth, rights and freedoms (12% of the respondents).

For the second thematic area, their top preferences are:

  • raising awareness through mainstream and social media (23.8% of all respondents);
  • mobilization of traditional knowledge and local environmental management practice (18.7% of all respondents);
  • youth contribution in finding and mainstreaming solutions to address climate change (14.1% of all respondents).

These results will further guide UNESCO in determining the substantive thematic focus of the Forum.

  • Download the full report of the online survey which presents an overview of the responses and respondents’ characteristics.

9th UNESCO Youth Forum

Held every two years since 1999, the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum will take place this year from 26 to 28 October at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, with the purpose of bringing the Organization’s work and realities of youth and youth organizations closer to each other. This edition’s theme is “Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet”, to allow discussion of sustainable development challenges in the post-2015 context, while also maintaining a focus on climate change and related global debates around CoP 21.


For any questions or information on the 9th UNESCO Youth Forum, please contact the UNESCO Youth Programme at 9thUNESCOYouthForum(at)