UNESCO held the 41st Session of the General Conference at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, from 9-24 November 2021. This was a return to phyiscal, "in person" meeting for the first time since COVID-19 had reached across the world.
During the General Confernece the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee was pleased to partner with the Bureau of Strategic Planning at UNESCO to present a series of NGO events on varied topics from celebrating the Day of the Girl Child to building stronger relations with the National Commissions for UNESCO.
Please visit UNESCO's website to access the official page of the 41st General Conference
Presentations from the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and National Commissions on good practice in developing partnerships for mutual benefit. This event builds on the continuing work of the Liaison Committee to highlight the important relationship between National Commissions and Civil Society as we work for the collective success of UNESCO’s agenda.
Realising an Explicit Culture Goal in the post-2030 Development Framework
The Culture 2030 Goal Campaign has been working since the launch of Agenda 2030 to advocate both for recognition of the transversal impact of culture across the Sustainable Development Goals, but also for the establishment of culture as a goal in its own right. Representatives from the Campaign’s International
Steering Committee, who represent NGOs working on cultural issues with a large international reach and a leadership role in our fields, will present the Zero-draft, invite feedback, and propose next steps.
YOU Foundation and HOPE 87 have been implementing projects all around the world for 25 years aiming at promoting education for the most vulnerable children. One of the most recent examples of such collaboration was the humanitarian help to Ukrainian refugee children settled in Moldova. Additionally, in Moldova the partnership between the two NGOs implemented projects in the field of inclusive education for youth.
This event highlights the success of one of the informal coalitions of NGOs working towards UNESCO’s objectives. The group for the International Day of the Girl Child has recently celebrated this success in Agboville, Côte d’Ivoire, in partnership with the Côte d’Ivoire National Commission for UNESCO, and the Minister for the Family, Women and Children.
NGOs for the International Day of Peace 2024 met during the 68th Session of the UNESCO General Conference for an informal meeting
An important part of the General Conference is the opportunity for NGOs in Official Partnership to address the attendees and delegates, and despite the challenges of the past two years, it was good to see a significant number of NGO representatives able to make interventions live. These are listed below, and you are also able to read or watch their participation
NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee
International Radio and Television Union (URTI)
International Movement ATD Fourth World
World Federation of Scientific Workers (WFSW)
International Association of Charities (IAC)
Association Montessori International (AMI)
International Council for Film, Television, and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT)
International Federation of Business and Professional Women
International Catholic Centre for Cooperation with UNESCO
International Union of Scientific and Technical Associations and Organizations (UATI)
International President of the Young Christian Workers (IYCW)
International Association to Save Tyre
International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)
Make Mothers Matter (MMM)
Universal Esperanto Association (UEA)
World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB)
PAX Christi International
World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP)
World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA)
International Association of University Professors and Lecturers (IAUPL)
The International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE)
World Committee for Lifelong Learning