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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
23-09-2003 5:35 pm The third Youth Forum* will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from September 26 to 28, with about 150 under-30 delegates from some 100 countries and 30 Non Governmental Organizations expected to participate.
Their discussions will focus on three themes. The first of these - education for sustainable development and freshwater management – will encourage young participants to consider new strategies to combat ignorance on environmental issues. The second – youth and HIV/AIDS – will examine preventive education methods. The third – UNESCO and youth: ways and means of communication and cooperation – will sum up the results of the previous two Forums and propose new forms of collaboration between UNESCO and youth**.

“The world situation today confirms the urgent need to involve young people in international cooperation – not only as beneficiaries but also as actors and, perhaps above all, as partners,” stated UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, who stressed that “the active participation of young women and men from the developing countries in this regard is a high priority for UNESCO.”

At the end of the Forum, the delegates will formulate their priorities in a final report, which will be presented to the plenary session that opens the UNESCO General Conference on September 29.

* An Internet site is available which allows Forum participants to communicate with each other before and after the meeting: http://www.unesco.org/confgen/youth_forum/

** To find out more about UNESCO actions for and with youth, consult the site: http://www.unesco.org/youth/ /proginvyth3.htm

Journalists wishing to attend the UNESCO Youth Forum are requested to obtain accreditation from the UNESCO Press Service, tel: 01 45 68 17 48

Source Media advisory No 2003 - 76


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