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31 Oct 2011

Strong Québec participation in 7th UNESCO Youth Forum

In the center, Michèle Stanton-Jean, representative of the Government of Quebec within the Canadian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and Mr Alfred Pilon, director of LOJIQ. They are surrounded by members of the delegation and delegates LOJIQ Canada's seventh Youth Forum.

The 7th UNESCO Youth Forum took place from October 17 to 20 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ) backed the participation of a delegation of young Quebec adults, including an artist, six observers and an intern. The Forum was a chance for them to discuss opinions, share experience and identify possibilities for future commitments and efforts.

Québec participation in opening session

Spaïcy Bazile, a Québec singer-songwriter born in Haiti, addressed the 450 people who attended the opening session. She spoke in favour of access to education in Haiti and around the world and then launched a message of hope by singing Je me souviens Haïti. She also spoke with the opening panel participants, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, David L. Hepburn, President of the UNESCO General Conference, and Andrés Villena, economist, columnist, blogger and activist with Spain’s 15M movement (“Los indignados”).

Six young observers

In response to UNESCO’s focus on boosting participation in the Forum by young representatives of civil society, LOJIQ helped four young Québec observers and two young African lawyers and activists take part in the event. All of them are socially involved in their communities. The Forum was a chance for them to expand their international experience and discuss their projects and commitment with other young leaders from around the world.

Youth Expo booth

Along with a number of other UNESCO partner organizations, LOJIQ set up a booth during the Youth Expo held as part of the Youth Forum. Over 400 visitors to the LOJIQ booth found out more about the organization’s mission and international partnerships with a number of government and organizations, as well as LOJIQ participants’ activities around the world. Visitors were also given information about Québec and its symbols, culture and economy, and how it welcomes foreign students, newcomers and visitors.

UNESCO Youth Forums

UNESCO Youth Forums bring together young delegates, civil society participants, representatives of the United Nations and intergovernmental organizations and people from the private sector to discuss, debate and share their views on topical issues with an impact on today’s and tomorrow’s society. At the end of each Forum, the participants submit their recommendations to the UNESCO member states at a session of the General Conference.

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