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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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Forum of NGOs on “Science as a common good of humankind”

The next International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO will take place in Moscow, Russian Federation on 26 and 27 November 2018.

This Forum will address the theme “Science as a common good of humankind” and will be structured around two pillars: “Science in our minds” and “Science for our times”, looking into various current issues including academic freedom, the contribution of sciences to peace and the evolution of artificial intelligence.

For more information on this forum and to learn how you can attend this event, please go on the dedicated page.

You can also pre-register on line

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.


The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Newsletter (Issue number 4)

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The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Newsletter (Issue number 4)

In this 4th issue of the Liaison Committee Newsletter you will find the latest information on the next events including the next international NGO-Liaison Committee forums, the conclusions or summaries of conferences  or symposiums organised by NGOs on UNESCO priority themes, some news from the Vice president for the youth including the follow-up to the forum on climate change,

some information on the CCNGO Beirut meeting and our representation and collaboration to a collective advocacy, the next dates to save and  last but not least the NGOs consultation under the aegis of the Liaison Committee on ways to improve the dialogue with Member states. You just need to click on the links.

As you must have noticed the Liaison Committee website has been revamped,  thanks to Ousseynou Gueye, our assistant on digital communication, with a new tab for NGO-UNESCO Partnerships and subtabs for CCNGO/Education 2030 and NGOs’contributions ; you  will have access to useful information on our past and present activities by visiting the site (

Next NGO-UNESCO Forums and Events

As mentioned in the monthly letter addressed to Non Governmental Partners  by the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information a.i. , the 9th  international forum organised by the NGO-Liaison Committee  in partnership with UNESCO on the following theme « New perspectives on Migration » will take place in Tunisia and will be  hosted by the Arab Institute for Human Rights . In the same letter you will find a link to access a UNESCO publication titled Migration, Free Movement and Regional Integration.

Tunis will also be the venue of two events including the International Day of Peace on  « Drones and Robots for Peace » (programme) and the seminar  titled « Acting for  Human Rights » on 28th and 29th September (Switch to French).


The 10th international NGO-UNESCO forum on science is being prepared  and we are expecting  some official information very soon.

You will also find the information on the International Day of the Girl Child.

Activities of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO

Several NGOs  have organised or participated in conferences or colloquiums on the different themes relevant to the UNESCO priority themes : The key role of science to achieve the UN Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals ; Research and researchers’ working conditions ; Ethics and new technologies (Switch to French) ; The role of academics and scientific researchers in the intercultural dialogue ;  The role of mothers for peace (Switch to French); the role of institutions, family and community in the wellbeing of the elderly (under the patronage of the French national commission to UNESCO) ; Music and Dance for peace.



Vicky Lovelock ,Vice President for Youth and Public Relations was invited in February to present the work of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee on a panel to Hong Kong’s First International Conference on Global Volunteering- Empowering Youth Leadership for Glocal Impact.


Follow-up to the forum on climate change

The Vice President for Youth and Public Relations is in charge of the follow up to the Eighth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO “Changing Minds, Not the Climate: The Contribution of NGOs”, which took place last December in UNESCO Paris. As a result of the Forum a common decision was taken to provide UNESCO with an overview of the work of NGOS specifically towards the UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change. Several meetings have taken  place since then and a questionnaire supporting  the promotion of the work of NGOS in the field of Climate Change has been designed for the UNESCO Secretariat to get more information on the work already being implemented in the field.



The first face-to-face meeting of the CCNGO new membership of Coordination Group was organised with the UNESCO regional Bureau of Beirut, Lebanon, on 7th May, following the ACEA-organized conference on Financing Education 2030: revisiting the role of civil society (Beirut, 2-4 May 2018). You will find the Liaison committee report and the full report  as well as the list of participants and reference documents on our site (tab for NGO-UNESCO partnerships) when available; You can also access SDG-ED2030 Steering Committee webpage of resources you are kindly invited to read in order to make suggestions on our collective contribution towards the next following events (see below). A meeting will take place at the beginning of September (day and room to be confirmed as soon as possible).

SDG-Education Education 2030 Steering Committee meeting

Paris, France, 12-13 September 2018

Europe/North America Education 2030 consultation

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 24 October 2018

Arab Regional Ministerial Education 2030 Meeting

ALECSO, Venue (TBD), November 2018

Global Education 2030 Meeting

Brussels, Belgium, 3-5 December 2018

Dates to save

The next international conference of NGOs (ICNGO)  which gathers 400 NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO and is a key element in the collective cooperation as mentioned in the directives will take place on 17th ,18th,19th December 2018. The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee welcomes the proposal as formulated in document 204 EX/23 REV on the means to improve the dialogue between the Member States and NGOs and a more active participation of NGOs in the debates of the Executive Council which would enable a space of dialogue for NGOs and fuel the reflexion of the Member States with their field expertise.

The next ICNGO could be the opportunity to engage  the Member States further and make it an informal space of dialogue and cooperation. A consultation questionnaire has been sent to Member States as indicated in a letter addressed to the Liaison Committee president for consultation. You can access the survey questionnaire for your  information and suggestions you can submit to the Liaison Committee in order to work collectively  to improve the dialogue between NGOs and Member States.

We wish you pleasant holidays !

August 10, 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

1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15. Tél: +33 1 45 68 36 68 Facebook: Ngo-UNESCO Liaison Committee
Twitter account: Liaison Ngo-Unesco @NgoUnesco

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

1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15. Tél: +33 1 45 68 36 68 Facebook: Ngo-UNESCO Liaison Committee
Twitter account: Liaison Ngo-Unesco @NgoUnesco

Incoming Forum on Climate Change

Paris (France), 7-8 December 2017

The Eighth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO on climate change will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 7 and 8 December 2017. The Forum’s theme falls within the framework of the updated UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change, approved by the UNESCO’s Executive Board in April 2017, and the strong engagement of many NGOs in this area.

Click here for more information.

Click here for the programme