UNESCO is currently organizing the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum - an essential part of the 36th UNESCO General Conference, the highest decision-making body of the Organization. Held from 17-20 October 2011 at Headquarters in Paris, the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum will give its youth participants the crucial opportunity to exchange views, share experiences, and identify common opportunities for future commitment and a_ctions.
As part of its social media campaign, UNESCO has launched public online discussions via Facebook and Twitter (@unescoNOW #UNESCOYOUTH) giving young people around the world the opportunity to talk about issues surrounding the thematic topics of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum and make their voices heard.
We also want you on our Facebook photo gallery, “CHANGE”. Tag yourself and meet other friendly faces of our community. To participate, take a photo of yourself holding a sign “CHANGE!” Personalize it with a message or just your name. Send us your photo to
. So smile and say ” CHANGE"!
The main theme is:
· “How youth drive change” (2-8 Aug.)
This is complemented by 3 sub-themes on:
· “Citizens in a_ction: youth in political and public life” (9-29 Aug.)
· “Countering youth exclusion, vulnerability and violence” (30 Aug. – 19 Sept.)
· “Breaking through employment barriers” (20 Sept. – 7 Oct.)
As our partners and members of our youth networks, help us spread the word by “re-Tweeting” using hashtag #UNESCOYOUTH and “re-posting” on your social media accounts. Your direct contributions to the online discussions would also be greatly appreciated.
This worldwide awareness-raising campaign is not just a promotional tool. The feedback received will be channeled into the actual Youth Forum discussions.
Youth delegates are currently being selected by the National Commissions for UNESCO in their respective countries. In addition, youth organizations and NGO’s with official relations with UNESCO as well as UN agencies will also be invited to participate in the Forum as observers.
Multimedia – photo and video
The 7th Youth Forum is seeking good quality, high-resolution photos of youth engaged in activities relating to the respective theme and sub-themes. We invite our youth networks to s_ubmit selected photos of yourselves - either holding a “CHANGE” sign or of a pertinent youth activity – directly to youth(at)unesco.org and they may appear on Facebook. Please indicate proper photo credit and a brief caption.
Youth networks are also invited to contribute video submissions on the themes, no longer than 2:30 minutes. Please provide director credits and send YouTube links to youth(at)unesco.org.
Share your views! Help us make this UNESCO Youth Forum a global platform for youth by circulating this information widely to your youth networks.
The Section for Youth, Sport, and Physical Education