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unesco paris – 2014 report

2014 Report by Danielle Obadia, ICJW Representative at UNESCO, Paris 

ICJW attended the meeting of the Committee on Non Governmental Partners held at UNESCO on Friday, October 17. The first unit of debate was devoted to statutory issues concerning admission of new NGOs, the organization’s relationship with the foundations, results of the census undertaken in 2013. The second unit studied carefully the work of the Liaison Committee during the past year. 

During the first part I was very pleased to note that APPLESEED ACADEMY an Israeli NGO was admitted to Official Partnership with consultative Status. This organization which is located in Tel Aviv is a non profit organization dedicated to reduce social disparities by providing accessibility to information and technology in Israel .It focuses on addressing the digital gap through digital access initiatives, CT literacy training for the underprivileged and ensuring the integration of ICT into individual and community lives. 

There were two forums outside of Paris UNESCO headquarters. The UNESCO Forum at Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast on “Water for All in Africa, a fundamental right for All” was a big success, with participation of 240 NGO representatives and 20 states representatives. 
The second was held on September 29-30 in Bulgaria on “The role of youth in safeguarding the tangible and untangible cultural heritage”. 70 NGOs traveled to Sofia and 28 states were represented. 

The International Day dedicated to Education on March 6, at UNESCO Paris. Headquarters brought together 800 young people and students to discuss “Education, Sport and cultural diversity, new attitudes to promote human rights in the world”. Thanks to “Twitter”10 young people dedicated to Human Rights made connection with auditors in the room, proving their engagement. 

On September 8 the International Day of Literacy took place. 

On September 19, for “the International Day for Peace”, a round-table conference was organized in connection with the Social Sciences Section, in the presence of Miguel Estrella and Hubert Reeves. The evening concert brought together an audience of 1200 people, mostly young ones, young artists and disabled. The two speakers, Mr Falt and Mr Gallaud insisted on the vitality of the UNESCO-NGO relationship, on right intellectual cooperation between UNESCO and NGOs’ involvement . 

In conclusion, it seems UNESCO intends to open up to a large audience in cooperation of the State Members and wishes to learn from the forums the importance of intergenerational participation interactive methods and links with local cultures. It insists on the necessity to summon up all active member s of civil society and governments. 

The NGO International Conference scheduled for December 15-17 will be the high point for appraising collective NGO action and for adopting the main lines of collective cooperation in 2015-2016. The theme will be “Reenchanter le monde” - ”Re-Enchant the World”. A new election for Liaison Committee’s President will then take place, since Mr Patrick Gallaud has completed his two-year mandate.