The 10th UNESCO Youth Forum, entitled “Rethinking Youth Engagement with UNESCO”, will take place on 25 and 26 October at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris.

The primary aim of the Forum is to build sustainable relationships with young change-makers that are leading or co-shaping impactful initiatives in a UNESCO field of competence.

We are thus looking for engaged young women and men that have first-hand experience of the issues tackled by UNESCO and who are ready to engage alongside the Organization in developing solutions.

Within this framework, we are pleased to share with you the link to the online Call for Proposals of young change-makers:

Your organization can submit 1 to 2 (maximum) proposal(s), keeping in mind that the proposal(s) must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • the young woman or man must be working in an area related to UNESCO’s mandate, AND
  • they must also be ready to commit to collaborate with UNESCO on opportunities that may arise within their area of specialization with a view to promoting peace and development, AND
  • the young woman or man is aged between 18 and 24 at the time of the Forum or, in exceptional circumstances, within the youth age definition of their country of origin, AND
  • the young woman or man has either led or co-shaped an innovative social initiative that relates to one of UNESCO’s areas of competence, and this initiative has received a significant amount of public recognition/government recognition/media coverage,


  • the young woman or man has a story of resilience (the young person has overcome odds/defied expectations to achieve their objective).

The Call will be open from 8 to 25 June 2017 (midnight Paris time). After this date, the online application form will no longer be available.

The final selection of the proposals submitted will be made by UNESCO’s Secretariat ensuring that they are in compliance with the above-mentioned criteria and taking into account the following factors:

  • Thematic balance, covering the various UNESCO programme areas
  • Gender balance
  • Regional balance, taking into consideration the nationality of the participant


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