The 8th UNESCO Youth Forum Report

The 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, preceding the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference, was held at the Organization’s Headquarters, Paris-France, from 29 to 31 October 2013. Organized every two years since 1999, the Youth Forum is an integral part of the General Conference, serving as one of the few regular mechanisms, at the global level, which allow young people to submit their recommendations to representatives of States.

The general theme of this forum was “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development” focused specifically on the three axes of the Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, namely: Axis 1 – Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth, Axis 2 – Capacity development for the transition to adulthood, and Axis 3 – Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation.

So, the UNESCO has supported competitive youth delegates from all over the world including Rwandan Youth Delegate to attend and represent fellow youths in the forum. Some of important criteria to be/ apply for being Youth Delegate were; Age: between 18 and 24 years old, not have participated in past editions of the Forum, Experience in project management, Membership in a representative youth organization and involvement in youth-related issues at the community level, Representation of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups (particularly from indigenous populations and youth with disabilities) should be encouraged in the selection.


| Alphonse Karenzi, 24, has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the National University of Rwanda. During three years working as the founder and director of Sustaining Rwanda Youth Organization, he established and coordinated many youth projects including; Dissemination of Improved Cook Stoves by Young Indigenous People in Gisagara District. He has presented Rwandan Youth in different global events including COP17 and won the SECOND PRICE of the WORLD BANK, Connect4Climate competition 2011.|


For more details look the Repport of Rwandan Delegation

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