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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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