Paris, Oct 23.- Young people from many countries and with diverse life experiences will meet this week at the UNESCO Youth Forum, with which the UN organization seeks to renew its commitment to the new generations.
According to a communiqué circulated here, the event scheduled for October 24 and 25 will involve 60 young people from diverse backgrounds: former child soldiers, refugees, social entrepreneurs and environmental activists.
The purpose of the event is to give participants a treatment of actors with a proactive role, as well as to gather concrete suggestions on how UNESCO can improve its commitment to young people.
The organization's director general, Irina Bokova, emphasized that there is currently the largest population of young people ever to exist (1.8 billion), which is 'a huge opportunity to harness the power of new generations to driving positive change.'
According to Bokova, 'we often wonder how we can better respond to the needs of youth, but who understands these needs better than the youth itself?'
For this reason, he added, 'it is vital to stop treating them as if they were mere beneficiaries of our work and work with them as actors and partners in the development of concrete solutions.'
According to figures published by UNESCO, now one in ten children in the world lives in conflict zones, in which 24 million children do not attend school.
'The political instability, the lack of employment and the lack of space for political and civic participation have led to an increasingly large isolation of young people around the world,' the statement said.
UNESCO has held this youth forum since 1999, which is an integral part of the general organization conference. (Prensa Latina)