11th UNESCO Youth Forum – Youth Spaces in Action!
Call for Proposals
In line with UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, youth are recognized as key actors and partners in UNESCO’s work. A key priority of UNESCO is to nurture meaningful youth engagement as a lever to develop youth and their structures and to enhance the relevance and eﬃciency of UNESCO’s work towards achieving Agenda 2030 and “leaving no one behind”.
In rethinking youth engagement with UNESCO, the UNESCO Youth Spaces Initiative (YSI) emerged from the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum (2017), as a bottom-up approach to youth engagement that complements existing top-down approaches, based on the principles of youth ownership, inclusion and transparency. A “Youth Space” is an umbrella concept that is recognized as such when it provides sustained and expanding opportunities for youth to continuously engage – through diversiﬁed and appropriate means depending on location and theme – in debate, action or knowledge-sharing relevant to a theme of common concern, within UNESCO’s ﬁelds of competence. A Youth Space may be initiated/created through an event, project or action but is not limited to it, and it always includes follow up action.
As the forum’s objectives are in line with the Misk Foundation’s mission to empower youth and create the leaders of the future by providing them with opportunities on the international platform, Misk is supporting UNESCO in searching for outstanding Saudi youth to be participants in the forum. The 11th UNESCO Youth Forum – Youth Spaces in Action will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, France, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 November 2019, during the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.
What is in it for you!
The Forum is conceived as an opportunity to showcase, discuss and learn from successful examples of youth engagement with the Organization, coming from Youth Spaces and from other relevant UNESCO initiatives and projects. The Forum will also be the opportunity to launch a global UNESCO Youth Community of Practice (YCoP), bringing together diﬀerent youth engagement streams, to facilitate horizontal/lateral (youth-toyouth) and vertical (top-down and bottom-up) cooperation with and among youth, as well as to enable a more diversiﬁed and rich contribution by youth to UNESCO’s strategic thinking. The YCoP will expand regularly with new engaged youth from around the world, ensure a long-term relationship between UNESCO and youth, and facilitate their direct involvement in the Organization’s work at all stages and in all domains of concern to young people.
CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION
- is aged between 18 and 24 years at the time of the Forum or, in exceptional circumstances, within the youth age deﬁnition of their country of origin; and
- has either led or co-shaped an initiative, considered 0 of 20 answered a successful example of meaningful youth engagement with UNESCO, in collaboration with the UNESCO Secretariat or with any National Commission for UNESCO, in the last four years. Initiatives can be varied and in all cases should go beyond one-oﬀ events and always include follow-up action; and
- is able to demonstrate that they played an active role throughout the initiative; and
- must commit to continue engaging with UNESCO beyond the Forum in upscaling an already successful collaboration, or in any other opportunities that may arise within their area of specialization with a view to promoting peace and development in their communities and beyond.