10th UNESCO Youth Forum

The 10th UNESCO Youth Forum will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, from 25 to 26 October 2017.

The Forum will bring together expert youth from all regions of the world to discuss pertinent issues related to UNESCO fields of competence that they will identify during a preparatory phase earlier in the year.

During the forum a series of recommended actions and priorities will be drafted to guide UNESCO’s youth actions for the next biennium. These will be presented at the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference.

Since 1999, the UNESCO Youth Forum have provided an innovative, ongoing opportunity for youth to work in dialogue with UNESCO, to shape and direct the Organization’s approach and to present their concerns and ideas to Member States.

Every two years, young women and men come together at UNESCO’S Headquarters in Paris for several days of debate and discussion about pertinent issues related to the Organization’s fields of competence.

At the end of the Forum, a list of recommendations is presented to the General Conference, reflecting the pressing needs and concerns of youth today.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017 – 9:00am to Thursday, 26 October 2017 – 6:00pm

Forum language:

English and French

Aoolication deadline is 25th June, 2017  (midnight Paris time)

Who can apply to the forum:

Before starting the application process, please make sure that your proposal meets these 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,                                                 OR
  • the young woman or man has a story of resilience (the young person has overcome odds / defied expectation to achieve their objective).

Please ensure that all fields in the application form are completed with as much detail as possible. Forms with fields left blank or with insufficient supporting information will not be considered.

You can submit your application from 8 to 25 June 2017. After this date, the 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To become a participant, you should fill in this online form.