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8th UNESCO Youth Forum, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 29th - 31st October 2013

This year, over 500 young participants from all over the world gathered on the occasion of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, from 29 to 31 October 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, identify common preoccupations and problems.

Peace Architect Tissione Parmar was chosen to participate as an observing representative of the United Kingdom as well as representing the work of Peace Revolution.

Taking up the evaluation of the 7th Forum (2011) and consultations with youth, the 8th edition of the forum strove to improve effective participation, ownership and co-management of the event, in order to build strong bridges between the Organization, its Member States, youth and their organizations. Importantly, it also aims at reinforcing the competencies of young people as key actors driving change in their communities, and active partners in peace building and the promotion of sustainable development.

The 8th Edition is conceived to have more time dedicated to break-out sessions and space for exchange and dialogue, giving youth delegates, observers and other young participants, sufficient opportunities to exchange, to reinforce their skills, as well as to showcase their struggles, paths and innovative initiatives.

The Forum lasted for three days, from the 29th to the 31st of October 2013.

The format of the Forum has been redesigned based on the suggestions made by the youth participants of the last UNESCO Youth Forum (October 2011) and by young women and men across the world who participated in the preparatory online youth consultations that UNESCO conducted in February-April 2013 to identify the theme, format and agenda of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum.

The Forum included more interactive and youth-led debates; created  opportunities and spaces to network; built synergies between youth and institutional partners; and allowed exchanging practices, showcasing actions benefitting youth, strengthening capacities and creating artistic content.

More specifically, it included:  
Highlights from Day 1:
Highlights from Day 2:
Highlights from Day 3:

Submitted on 12 Mar 2014 17:05