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6th UNESCO Youth Forum - UNESCO Paris, France, 1-3 October 2009
The 6th UNESCO Youth Forum took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 1 to 3 October 2009. Since 2003, the Youth Forum has been an integral part of the UNESCO General Conference. This year the Forum was held prior to its 35th Session. At the Forum, delegates from UNESCO Member-states were given the opportunity to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and identify common opportunities and challenges on the Forum’s main and cross-cutting theme.
The main theme of the Forum was:
  • “Investing out of the crisis: towards a partnership between UNESCO and youth organizations”.
This theme was complemented by a cross-cutting theme on:
  • “Youth participation - UNESCO Youth Forum, a long term approach”.
A final report [PDF, 124 KB] with key recommendations made by youth participants on these themes was presented at the UNESCO General Conference.

The Forum included 128 delegates from 89 countries. Youth delegates were nominated by UNESCO Member States. Criteria for the selection of delegates were as follows:
  • Age (between 18 and 24 years);
  • Membership in a representative youth organization and involvement in youth-related issues at the community level;
  • Gender parity;
  • Representation of indigenous peoples is encouraged.
84 representatives from 68 different youth organizations, international and national NGOs, and UN agencies attended as observers.

A newsroom was also set up for five youth journalists, one from each UNESCO region, who attended the Forum and covered it both internally and externally.

U-TH Newsletter - Voice of the 6th UNESCO Youth Forum
  • Issue 1, Thursday 1 October 2009 [PDF, 252 KB]

  • Issue 2, Friday 2 October 2009 [PDF, 282 KB]

  • Issue 3, Saturday 3 October 2009 [PDF, 615 KB]

  • Issue 4, Sunday 4 October 2009 [PDF, 332 KB]
Contact: youth@unesco.org


Bridging the inevitable gap between young people and a highly complex international organization with its many partners and networks proves to be a challenging task: the UNESCO Youth Forum, an integral part of the Organization’s General Conference, has emerged as a very important tool in this respect.

The first UNESCO Youth Forum was held at the 30th General Conference in 1999. Since then the Forums have gone from strength to strength and in 2003, the General Conference unanimously decided to make the Youth Forum a permanent feature of the UNESCO General Conference.

UNESCO’s General Conference, the Organization’s highest decision-making body, meets every two years at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (in September / October). Representatives of all the Member States assemble and decide on UNESCO’s general orientation and budget for the following two years.

The UNESCO Youth Forum, held prior to the General Conference, brings together young delegates from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and identify common opportunities and challenges. Their discussions lead to a final report which is presented at the UNESCO General Conference, allowing for young people’s views, concerns and recommendations to be taken into account by the representatives of the Member States and the UNESCO Secretariat.

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