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Learning Never Stops

As part of UNESCO’s response to COVID-19 education disruption (#LearningNeverStops), we asked students, teachers and parents from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network to share their stories on how they are coping with school closures and continuing to learn at home.

We received many inspiring contributions from around the world. You can watch their videos and written messages on our campaign page, on our global social media channels and YouTube playlist.

We’re now inviting students, teachers and parents everywhere to share their testimonies directly on their own social media accounts by recording and posting their short videos, tagging @unesco and using the hashtag #LearningNeverStops. More tips and instructions are available here.

Check out this short teaser and watch some of the testimonies below:

Noelle, student, Hong Kong SAR China (FacebookTwitter)

Ndapewa, teacher & parent, Namibia (Twitter)

Jean Marc, teacher, France (Twitter)

Marwa, high school student, Lebanon (FacebookTwitter)

Agustina, student, Argentina (FacebookTwitter)

Many thanks for your support in promoting UNESCO’s call to amplify voices from around the world on how learning never stops – even during the COVID-19 pandemic.



International Day of Sport for Development and Peace


In these challenging times, today more than ever, sport can contribute to peace by inspiring the respect of rules, enhancing determination and hope for the future.

As you know April6, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is approaching and we strongly believe that this represents a propitious day to continue sending a message of global solidarity, respect of the rules and reinforce fraternity and cooperation.

This year Peace and Sport encourages everyone to honor this international day by getting mobilized digitally and using creativity. Webinars, photo contests, online tournaments, and #WhiteCard photos are all initiatives that can be set up everywhere to be part of this global and digital solidarity movement.

As a sign of your commitment, we invite you to participate in the #WhiteCard operation around April 6th.

As a reference to the yellow and the red card in the sporting world, since 2014 a #WhiteCard is a symbol representing the positive power of sport for peace and social inclusion. Behind each WhiteCard, there is a story: that’s the core message of the 2020 #WhiteCard campaign. It seeks to highlight and draw attention to the stories of individuals and beneficiaries who have been positively impacted by sport all around the globe on social media.

Below you will find further information  on the #WhiteCard campaign, a social media toolkit, some examples of meaningful stories, and some ideas to get mobilized digitally. For more detailed information, please visit the platform and register your initiative.

Digital mobilisation for the international day of sport for development and peace

Social media guide

The 9th Global Meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs for Education 2030

The 9th Global Meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs for Education 2030 (CCNGO-Education 2030) was held in Hammamet, Tunisia on 2- 3 December, 2019. Over the course of 2 days, the over 150 participants deliberated on how to strengthen inclusion and equity in education as a human right and public good.

You can find the article Civil society education advocates kick off global meeting in Tunisia, the concept note and program, the photos and videos of the meeting by clicking on the following link and on twitter @education2030UN #CCNGO2019 #Edu2030NGOs

The article Civil society: Social and political action to prioritize education on political agendas and the photo and composition of the CCNGO coordinating group will be accessed by clicking on the following link

You can read the Outcome statement of the 9th Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030 by clicking HERE : CCNGO 2019 Outcome Statement

Speech by the Chairperson of the ICNGO and UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee at the Executive Board-Item 11, October 18, 2019

207th Session of the Executive Board 

207EX/11. Item 11: Comprehensive partnership strategy

October 18, 2019


Speech by Marie-Claude MACHON-HONORÉ
Chair of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO have been part of  UNESCO’s DNA since its creation when the Member States wished to associate them in order to benefit from their expertise and promote UNESCO’s values.
NGOs’ thematic working groups under the auspices of the Liaison Committee, the international forums organized in cooperation with the Secretariat, the celebration of international days as well as the field projects led by  NGO partners are all aligned with the programs and priorities of UNESCO.
Still we can go further together by strengthening our partnership so that NGOs’ competences and their ability to act effectively at the global, regional and local levels may increase the visibility of UNESCO’s actions and improve the implementation of its programs as well as of the 2030 Agenda.

UNESCO’s official NGO partners are ready to fully join in the strategic transformation to strengthen UNESCO as a think tank and provide innovative solutions to burning issues, in greater collaboration with UNESCO’s field offices and National Commissions.
Our NGOs are international and active on all continents. As ECOSOC members, for most of them, they regularly interact with their representatives at the United Nations and its other agencies.
Cognizant of our shared responsibility, we are fully aware of the urgency of strengthening our partnership to overcome the new challenges and achieve sustainable development and peace.


Video of the speech (in French), click HERE: Discours Conseil Exécutif

Speech by the Chairperson of the ICNGO and UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee at the NGP Committee, October 11, 2019

207th Session of the Executive Board 


October 11, 2019


Speech by  Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré,  Chair of the International Conference of  NGOs & NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Mr Chair of the NGP Committee, Mr Representative of the Director General, Dear Mr Le Saux, Excellencies, Dear NGOs, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The role of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee is to represent the interests of all NGOs, implement the recommendations as adopted by the International Conference of NGOs (ICNGO) and thus define a strategy for the collective cooperation of the 2 years’ mandate.

The ICNGO, which I have had the honour of chairing since December 2018’s elections, gathers UNESCO’s official NGO partners every two years; according to the 2011 guidelines, it is an element of collective cooperation, meeting and dialogue between  NGO partners and the Member states.

The last Conference’s theme was “Valuing the commitment and contribution of UNESCO’s NGO Partners” and focused on “The collective strength of NGOs” and on “Communicating, informing and engaging in dialogue.”

The Conference called for a strengthened partnership with NGOs and reaffirmed its commitment to the success of Agenda 2030.

The Conference called on the Liaison Committee to contribute to the creation of new opportunities for interaction and dialogue for more effective cooperation with Member States and UNESCO.

That is why, as part of its 2019-2020 strategy, the Liaison Committee has launched a collective reflection to strengthen our partnership.
Several proposals on new ways of dialogue within appropriate spaces, governing bodies and existing mechanisms for interaction between NGOs and Member states, have been put together in a document which aims to contribute to the reflection carried out by Member States on improving the modalities of dialogue with NGOs (Document 207EX/33).

Regarding NGO’s engagement and collective contribution to UNESCO programmes, another group of NGOs is working on a ‘Climate Campaign’. In addition, the Liaison Committee, with the assistance of NGOs, is continuing its cooperation with the CCONG/Education 2030 as an active member of the coordination group.

The 2018 Conference also reaffirmed the importance of forums organised in consultation with UNESCO, as provided by the Guidelines, in the various regions. The Conference called on the Liaison Committee to continue its efforts to better  take into account  the cultural and geographical diversity of NGOs.

The forums are the showcase of our collaboration with UNESCO. They offer an opportunity to strengthen our partnership by involving more Member States, UNESCO field offices and National Commissions.

The Committee will hold the 11th International NGO Forum, the first of its mandate, on 16 and 17 December at UNESCO Headquarters on the theme “Challenging Inequalities”.

Other themes selected for the forums in preparation are Global Citizenship;  Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in support of the UN Agenda 2030, and Cultural Heritage.

We are looking forward to your important participation in these forums, in order to raise awareness and mobilize civil society organizations around UNESCO’s values and priorities both internationally and locally.

The ICNGO’s recommendations also include the NGO’s celebration of two international days in 2020: Peace, with a choir festival and youth participation, and the Girl Child , in line with our cross-cutting priorities  on youth and gender equality.

I will conclude by emphasizing the importance of strengthening the NGO-UNESCO partnership for the successful implementation of UNESCO’s programmes and the Agenda 2030 more generally speaking, and by being convinced that an active and increased dialogue with Member states and the  Secretariat is an essential part of our success for all of us.

The next UNESCO General Conference will provide us with another opportunity to engage with Member states in the NGO Space and we will welcome you there to discuss our activities and look to the future together and  for the common good.

I thank you for your attention,

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chair of the  ICNGO and NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.


Video of the speech (in French), click HERE : Discours-PNG

International Day of the Girl Child : Girls’ education






On the occasion of

International Day of the Girl Child

Friday 11 October 2019 at 6 p.m.

UNESCO House, Paris




Special Event

Girls’ education: a force
for gender equality
and lasting change

An event organized jointly by UNESCO, Plan International France

and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs
with a roundtable and audience engagement activities




the Award Ceremony of the


for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Rewarding this year

a Costa Rican project empowering girls from vulnerable contexts
with digital skills and another in Spain providing the foundation
for gender equality in and through education.



I will be attending

Online RSVP mandatory:   

UNESCO House, Room I | 125, avenue de Suffren – Paris 7e

Cover photo: © United Nations/Marco Dormino


#GirlForce | #HerEducationOurFuture  | #GirlsGetEqual

News on the 9th Global Meeting of the CCNGO-Education 2030

Below, you will find the online links regarding the 9th Global Meeting of the CCNGO-Education 2030. It will take place in Hammamet, Tunisia, from December 2 to 4, 2019. (English) (French) (Spanish)

The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s Strategy 2019-2020

The UNESCO partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) representing civil society constitutes a valuable cooperation network in the service of people for development, equality, international understanding and peace in UNESCO’s fields of competence.

The International Conference of Non-governmental Organizations meets every two years to examine the state of cooperation between NGOs and UNESCO, to conduct collective consultations concerning the broad lines of UNESCO programs and to facilitate cooperation between the organizations with shared interests.

During the interval between sessions of the International Conference of NGOs, the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, whose members and president are elected by the Conference, represents the interests of the entire group of 400 NGO partners in relation to UNESCO, oversees the effective functioning of the partnership and promotes consultation between the NGOs and the exchange of relevant information.

The strategy developed by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee for the period 2019-2020 is based on the mandate of the Liaison Committee as defined by the Directives concerning UNESCO partnership with NGOs as well as the proceedings of the Conference that took place in December 2018.


Strategic objectives :

  •  Developing a culture of partnership between the NGO community and UNESCO, in particular concerning intellectual cooperation in all the Organization’s fields of competence.
  •  Taking into account the cultural diversity of civil society in the collective actions undertaken by the UNESCO non-governmental partners, including increasing NGOs located in diverse parts of the world.
  •  Promoting continuous information exchange by the non-governmental network making use of social networks and new technologies.
  •  Strengthening the credibility and the visibility of NGO collective action, particularly in relation to Member States.
  • Encouraging a stronger participation of young people and youth organizations in the events it organizes and further cooperate with the UNESCO Youth program.
  • Making the UN Agenda 2030 (its 17 objectives and 169 targets) the framework for the policy pursued by the Committee.


    To reach these objectives, the NGO-Liaison Committees considers its mission to:  

  •  Encourage the identification of new organizations representative of civil society located in parts of the world where they are isolated or fragile for historical, cultural or geographical reasons, and to integrate them into the NGO-UNESCO partnership, utilizing new technologies of communication.
  • Lead and coordinate the collective work of the NGOs by supporting concrete project implementation, notably within the framework of the two annual forums and during the celebrations of international UN days.
  •  Develop and strengthen the interaction and the work of UNESCO at all levels (Headquarters, field offices, institutes, UNESCO centers and National Commissions).
  • Foster the visibility of the actions and good practices of the network of NGO’s in official partnership with UNESCO.


An Action Plan for 2019- 2020 :


  • Organizing 4 International forums (3 of which will be held outside Headquarters, if possible), covering themes selected in cooperation with UNESCO, in the framework of Agenda 2030, and taking into account priority themes retained during the Conference: 1) Challenging  inequalities 2)Role of volunteers in cultural heritage, 3)Science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to fight poverty and sustain SDGs, 4)Global citizenship.
  •  Organizing events (at Headquarters and in field offices) on certain international days celebrated by UNESCO (Peace, Human Rights,The Girl Child).
  •  Contributing to the preparation of the Committee’s discussions on Non-governmental Partners of the Executive Board, in particular by ensuring, as far as possible, the participation of a large number of NGOs.
  •  Establishing working groups aligned with UNESCO’s priorities, on specific themes in order to prepare forums and international days. The Liaison Committee will ensure that groups represent cultural diversity, by associating NGOs outside UNESCO Headquarters and using news technologies.
  •  Setting up collective reflection groups as defined by the ICNGO’s recommendations on the following themes: Education 2030-SDG4; Strengthening NGO-UNESCO partnership, Climate.
  • Contributing to the creation of new opportunities of interaction and dialogue in order to strengthen cooperation with Member States
  • Strengthening the Committee’s communication through various media: website, Facebook, Twitter, and quarterly newsletters, etc.