The UNESCO Youth Forum: Celebrating a Decade of Youth Participation
The objectives of the UNESCO Youth Forum embody the call for youth participation, the need for youth to be heard and to engage in shaping decision-making. Since the first edition in 1999, the Youth Forum has continued to evolve to make youth participation more meaningful and impactful. One of the greatest strengths of the 2009 UNESCO Youth Forum was that, the youth delegates produced a series of recommendations that are tangible, succinct and which relate directly to UNESCO’s mandate. This was recognized throughout the 35th UNESCO General Conference and the Organization committed to sustaining the momentum created during the Forum, through a solid follow-up process in support of the youth delegates’ efforts in their countries and communities.
This publication takes stock of the 6th UNESCO Youth Forum, which marked the tenth year of this unique youth participation process, and the follow-up action towards the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum in 2011. It provides an overview of the UNESCO Youth Forum process and a history of the development of the Youth Forum since its creation in 1999. It then details the preparations and the proceedings of the 6th Youth Forum. Finally it looks to the follow-up of the Forum and to the opportunities for future development. The publication is also intended to present the ways in which the Youth Forum has evolved through targeted innovations and a stronger follow-up process. It also seeks to recognize the cross-sectoral work which is key in the Youth Forum process, by giving credit to all those, both within the Organization and externally, who supported and participated in the Forum. It also builds the case for improved follow-up action and for a joint follow-up process linking the Youth Forum to other global and regional youth events.