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2018 International Conference of NGOs – 17-19 December


2018 International Conference of NGOs - 17-19 December, UNESCO


Please find HERE the provisional programme of the 2018 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France) from 17 to 19 December 2018.



We invite your NGO to complete the attached registration form and send it back to well in advance, in order to ensure that each NGO has its nominative place in the room and establish the list of representatives authorized to vote.


Thank you. Best regards.




IMPORTANT- 2018 International Conference of NGOs – Elections


You will find attached a letter and its annexes signed by the Chairperson of the International Conference of NGOs related to the elections which will take place during the 2018 International Conference of NGOs (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, 17-19 December 2018).

Best regards

Philippe Beaussant

Chairperson of the International Conference of NGOs
NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee


Attached files

  • Click HERE to read the letter of the Chairperson of the International Conference of NGOs / NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee
  • Click HERE to read the list of nominations for the presidency of the International Conference of NGOs
  • Click HERE to read the list of nominations for the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee
  • Click HERE to view the CVs of the presidential candidates of the International Conference of NGOs

16th of November – International Day for Tolerance

Educational initiative helps youth build tolerance across borders

CISV and travel search site momondo have collaborated to develop free educational exercises for school children that promote tolerance for people of all colours, cultures, countries and lifestyles.

The exercises are designed for children 10 to 15 years old – because notions of intolerance are generally learned at an early age. The exercises facilitate thoughtful roleplay and discussions between the school children, with the goal of learning about cultural differences, recognising and avoiding discrimination, and opening their minds to mutual respect and tolerance. The initiative will culminate on UNESCO’s International Day for Tolerance on November 16 with an engaging activity that puts focus on the need for more tolerance.

The initiative will be introduced in Denmark and Portugal this year, and will continue in additional countries in the coming years.
You can learn more about the initiative here


CISV helps to break down barriers by bringing children together from different countries and cultures.

In an exciting new initiative with corporate partner momondo, a film ‘Dear mom and dad’ designed to promote tolerance and respect, they show the magic that happens when children from around the world are together for a month.

The initiative is part of momondo’s collaboration with CISV, which included the funding of a CISV Village – hosted by CISV Brazil – that brought children from around the world together for a month in São Paulo in July last summer. In the film ‘Dear mom and dad’, we follow these children as they come together and discover that they are more alike than they ever imagined.

momondo invited children to share their feelings in a postcard to their parents at the beginning of the Village, and then again two weeks later, about how their understanding of each other’s differences changed over the course of the camp. Words from the children in these postcards were collected into a short film that captures the positive development the children went through.


See the video here:

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Summary of the 9th International NGO-UNESCO Forum

The summary of the work of the the Ninth International Forum of NGOs in Official Partnership with UNESCO organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in cooperation with the UNESCO Secretariat  and hosted by the Arab Institute for Human Rights, in Tunis (Tunisia), on 26 and 27 September 2018 is now available in English under the  heading  « Forum » and  sub-tab « Forum on Migration ».
You will also find the document by clicking HERE.


Another Perspective on Migration

The Ninth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO on the theme “Another Perspective on Migration”, will take place in Tunis, Tunisia on 26 and 27 September 2018, and is hosted by the Arab Institute for Human Rights of Tunis.

The Forum will be followed in Tunis by two other events organized by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee on 28 and 29 September, for which more information is available in the Committee web site.

Documents and other relevant information are available on the dedicated forum page on this web site.

If, as we hope, your Organization is in a position to participate in this Forum, we should be most grateful if you would kindly pre-register your representatives online before 30 July 2018.

To pre-register, please go on the Pre Registration page.

Kindly note that, as customary, the travel expenses of representatives must be borne by the organization they represent. The organizers, within the limits of available places, will cover accommodation costs (hotel and meals). In this regard, please refer to the attached practical information document.

An invitation from the CCIVS

The Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) celebrates its 70-year anniversary in 2018. In order to mark this historic event, the creation of CCIVS under the aegis of UNESCO, we would like to invite you to join us on the 23/04/2018 from 14:00 until 17:30 for a Forum entitled “Just Volunteers: The Transformational Power of International Voluntary Actions for Climate Justice and Freedom of Movement” at UNESCO House, Paris.

The Forum will highlight the important work of volunteers around the world on issues such as climate change, sustainability, environmental education, peace and freedom of movement. It will invite experts to share information about the impact of international voluntary service, share testimonies from volunteers and look towards the future of volunteering with an expert panel uniting institutions and the NGO sector. The programme can be found here

We hope that you can join us for this important event co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and supported by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.

In order to complete your inscription please sign up or by writing to before the 15 April 2018.

Ingrid Danckaerts

CCIVS President
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The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Newsletter (Issue number 3)

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The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Newsletter (Issue number 3)
The first year’s mandate of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee has come to a timely end with the 8th forum dedicated to the contributions of NGOs in facing climate change, right after the 39th session of the General Conference with the adoption of UNESCO updated strategy as well as the Declaration of Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change and just before the « One Planet Summit ».
The Eighth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, 7-8 December 2017
The forum’s title « Changing minds not the climate » and slogan chosen by UNESCO for COP 21 sums up UNESCO strategy not only to face climate change but also to leverage social transformations through inclusion, equality and solidarity for sustainable development.
The newly elected UNESCO Director General, Ms Audrey Azoulay, honored us with her presence and an opening speech for this 8th forum with more than 200 participants and happening thanks to the generosity of M Kenneth Kam, Founding president of the Kenn Foundation as mentioned by Philippe Beaussant, President of the Liaison Committee in his opening speech.
The two days’ forum introduced by the Liaison Committee’s president showed the urgency and necessity of a holistic as well as multisectorial approach (communication, education, exact and natural sciences) in line with the 2030 Agenda so as to leave no one behind.
The forum was centered around three cross-cutting themes as a follow-up to the NGO Action Day and Call launched at COP 21 as well as the result of an online consultation ( with answers compiled with the help of Teresa Kennedy, Liaison Committee member) and was introduced by each focal point of the thematic sessions .The first session addressed « The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Facing Climate Change» (Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré ), the second one « Ocean & Climate Change » (Patrick Gallaud) and the third one « Cultural heritage, Biosphere reserves and Indigenous peoples’ Knowledge and Actions» (Victoria Lovelock). Thanks to multiple and various presentations available shortly on the website) together with films, power points and pictures, the forum was an illustration of the complementary approaches (scientific, ethical , social and societal ones) to face climate change , with testimonies leading to a meaningful debate and arousing emotion.
Following the discussions and vote on the priorities (see the official report and list),Peter Dogse (Co-Chair, Executive Secretariat, UNESCO Task Team on Climate Change) announced three proposals to work more closely with NGOs and benefit from the knowledge and actions of local populations including indigenous peoples.
We extend our thanks to all panelists, NGOs and volunteers for making a success of this forum !
The 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, 30 Oct-14 Nov 2017
At the 39th session of the General Conference Ms Audrey Azoulay was inaugurated as the second woman at the head of UNESCO and Ms Irina Bokova made her farewell speech sharing moving narratives about UNESCO’s role and its Soft Power with vibrant tributes from Member States’ delegations.
The General Conference was yet another opportunity of sharing and meeting between Unesco and NGOs in a dedicated space jointly run by the Secretariat (Desk for Intergovernmental and non-Governmental Organizations) and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee. Before an audience also composed of Member States’ representatives, UNESCO sectors gave presentations and answered questions on the different Commissions ( as observers NGOs could make oral statements as was the case during the plenary sessions- available shortly on the website-NGO-UNESCO partnerships-consultation & contribution) ; the Liaison Committee presented the outcomes of its work, the ongoing preparation of the 8th forum and the perspectives for the next events ( forums and international days) as well as its representation to the CCNGO and read Ms Fouilhoux’s oral statement on behalf of the CCNGO Education 2030 (delivered on the occasion of the high-level ministerial round table organized during the UNESCO General Conference on Strengthening Accountability in Implementing SDG4 – Education 2030).
UNESCO wishes to share more on its role, values and actions with its partners and to inform us on the reissuing of the UNESCO COURIER (first issued in 1948) in the print version and in 8 languages with subscription fees ( and in the digital version 100% free ( The UNESCO Courier is meant to be a platform for dialogue between cultures and a forum for international debate.
The contribution of NGOs
NGOs which are the « forces vives » of Unesco partnerships and dear to Ms Irina Bokova whom we warmly and truly thank for her support and commitment (as expressed in her letter to the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee) throughout her two mandates, contribute by their actions and events to UNESCO strategy and to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. The newly-elected UNESCO Director General also underlined the necessary contributions of NGOs in in her letter addressed to the Liaison Committee.
In order to better identify NGOs’ regions and areas of activities, Dyslexia International proposes a logic model form you are kindly requested to fill in.
We wish you a Happy New Year and invite you to our first meeting of the year 2018 !
TUESDAY, January 23, 2018
from 15:30 to 17:15 : for the results of the year 2017 and perspectives for the year 2018 in room IX (Fontenoy)
from 17:15 to 18:15; for a cocktail and galette des rois, Bar – Cafeteria Ground floor (Fontenoy)
Eric Falt will join us at the end of the meeting around 5 pm…
We take this opportunity to confirm that we have moved our office to Building VI in Bonvin, first floor, Room 1-43.

January 19, 2018

On behalf of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré,
Chair of Communication and Relations with CCNGO/Education 2030
Philippe Beaussant, NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee President

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39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO UNESCO Headquarters, 30 October – 14 November 2017

Dear partners,

As you know, during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (30 October – 14 November 2017), an NGO space will be available, jointly run by the Secretariat (Desk for Intergovernmental and non-Governmental Organizations) and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.

With a view to your participation, please find here below practical information on this space, which will be both an information point and a meeting place:

-         The space will be open from 31 October to 11 November inclusive.

-         It will be located in the heart of the public areas of the General Conference, on the ground floor of the Fontenoy building (entrance: Hall Ségur).

-         We will be at your disposal over fixed periods of time during the day to provide you with any relevant information regarding the work of the General Conference and to facilitate your participation in various commissions and events:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

-         As in previous sessions, presentations and mini-debates will be organized on the work of the General Conference and/or UNESCO’s programmes.

This year, we do wish to make of this space a place for greater visibility of our collective action, particularly towards Member States, and a meeting place with their representatives.

Stands and presentations will therefore focus on the collective work of NGOs such as forums, celebration of intentional days as well as projects implemented by NGOs collectively.  In this regard, we wish to inform you that no space will be available for individual stands (this formula – “open space session” – will be reserved for the International Conference of NGOs). However, you will be able to provide visitors with information materials about your NGO, if you wish to do so.

We shall provide you with the detailed programme in due time.

We also wish to remind you that all information concerning the General Conference – including the NGO space – will be available on the following web page, which will be daily updated:

We look forward to meeting you.

Yours Sincerely,

Philippe Beaussant                                                           Sabina Colombo

Chairperson                                                                        Senior Desk Officer

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee                                Desk for IGOs and NGOs – UNESCO