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Minutes of the working group for the preparation of the Forum NGO UNESCO on Climate Change 20 June 2017

The Forum will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on December 7 and 8 2017 and should highlight NGOs good practice on the implementation of UNESCO strategy in its action to fight against climate change. The purpose of the meeting was to define how the team will work on the preparation of the Forum. It was agreed to build upon the Final draft for an updated UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change (document 201EX/5 part 1 (B)) that Peter Dogse, programme specialist within the UNECO Sciences Sector, made a presentation.

He explained that it is important to promote the interdisciplinary collaboration between UNESCO Headquarters and field offices.

Thus, since the COP 15 in 2009 (which did not succeed in making a decision), there has been a strong mobilisation on the issue of climate change. The COP 21 was a success and culminated in the Paris Agreement. UNESCO has been able to mobilise NGOs.

The Final draft for an updated UNESCO Strategy for Action on Climate Change will be submitted for approval by the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference (30 October -14 November 2017).

Objectives of the strategy (4 thematic Action Focus Areas):

-          supporting Member States to develop and implement climate change education and public awareness programmes ad policies

-          promoting interdisciplinary climate knowledge and scientific cooperation for climate  change mitigation and adaptation

-          promoting cultural diversity and cultural heritage safeguarding for climate change mitigation and adaptation

-          supporting inclusive social development, fostering intercultural dialogue and promoting ethical and gender mainstreaming principles in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation

A slogan was created for this purpose: « Changing Minds, not the Climate »

It was also recalled that it is important to work with other UN agencies in particular on:

- World Heritage Sites

- Biosphere reserves

- Geological parks

It was also recalled that it is important to work with NGOs in order to facilitate its implementation (reading of the paragraph made during the meting).

COP 23 (6-17 November 2017) will take place at Bonn where challenges will be discussed. UNESCO wants to attend it and has already booked for.

Concerning the forum, Victoria, asked to see on what we already have work through an internet questionnaire. A basis has already been provided: the three themes will be divided into three parts.

We already began to think about the themes below:

- Oceans

- Indigenous peoples and cultural heritage

- Biosphere reserves

- Impact on societies

Marie-Claude recalled the theme of the group “Impact of Climate Change on Civil Society”. She proposed to work on “Education, social inclusion and solidarity for a climate justice” related to the SDG 4.7 and recalled that Ethics (rights and duties) underpin action in the fight against climate change.  It is important to try to interconnect all the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It was also recalled the global priorities of UNESCO: women, youth and Africa.

There was a question and answer session on the UNESCO strategy to Mr Dogse.

Question / Comment: (World Federation of Scientific Workers):

The Strategy proposes to assist Member States in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. How and on which?

Answer: The Paris Agreement stipulates that each country will a national plan. UNESCO will focus on this plan.

Question / Comment: (Marguerite for Pax Romana) the strategy has to involve different stakeholders. Is it your strategy to compensate for the United-States withdrawal?

Answer: the issue of the United-States withdrawal is interesting in the international debate. It is considered as unfair and raises the issue of justice.

Question / Comment: (Alain for AIEP)

The first international Conference devoted to protecting oceans held in New-York from 5 to 9 June 2017. Has UNESCO been involved?

Answer: UNESCO has been strongly involved and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) has published an Ocean State Report. Taking into account oceans is essential for our actions.

Sabina Colombo added that the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the protection of the underwater cultural heritage has been involved in the UN Oceans Conference. She also mentioned the initiative concerning the decade for oceans that was favourably welcomed and that may be submitted for approval by the next UNESCO General Conference.

Question /Comment: (Gloria for AIEP…): Noted that the role of civil society will be more important due to the United-States withdrawal. Furthermore, the role and position of women, and gender equality should not only be regarded as goals but must transcend the proposals.

Question / Comment: (Josette for World Federation of Scientific Workers): mentioned that at least 70 countries are seriously threatened. Time is against us. We should work on reducing greenhouse gas. It is necessary to work on binding legal instruments. She also mentioned the March for Science that recently started in United-States and wants civil society to be more active.

Answer: The situation is alarming. We need civil society. It was recalled that Paris Agreement requests Member States to propose their own national plan. It was also recalled that women and gender equality are UNESCO global priorities.

Question / Comment: (Monique for International Alliance for Women) noted that in many cities, there is a Sustainable development day. For example, the city of Saint-Cloud, a specific unit is dedicated to it. A number of schools have also launched interesting initiatives that should be listed such as oceans cleaning.

Answer: The educational aspect is important for UNESCO (good practices, educational tools for youth). Furthermore, some projects dedicated to the safeguarding of culture are at risk of disappearing.

Concerning the design of the NGO – UNESCO forum on climate Change


Sabina Colombo recalled that the forum will take place at the same moment as the General Conference. This is the perfect time to give to the Forum another dimension (not just only a brainstorming meeting) and to see what kind of synergy to develop with civil society.


Genuine situation for:

- A strategy

- Adoption of an action plan

- A synergy extending UNESCO’s actions

Question / Comment: (Renée) noted that the notion of ecological transition could be defended and also noted that China would work on further changes.

Question / Comment: (Mireille) it is important to sound the alarm. With the United-Sates withdrawal, it may be appropriate to create a commission aims to oblige states to think about different possibilities, agreements and to make proposals through this forum.

Question / Comment: (Christelle): noted that the writing of a universal declaration was discussed.

Answer: The Social and Human Sciences sector of UNESCO will have a meting on climate change between 27 and 30 June. It may be appropriate to contact directly the Sector. It was also recalled that denunciation is not the purpose of the forum.

Sabina Colombo: General Conference follows the standard process and should present the strategy during the next session. Furthermore, a proposal for consultation was made in the newsletter sent to the NGOs.

Answer: These important themes have split Member States into three groups (for, against and undecided). Concerning the creation of binding instruments, we first need to identify existing instruments. Concerning China, China has been investing a lot in renewable energy.

Question / Comment: How do we ensure that NGOs are more involved?

Answer: At UNESCO, a Task force works on climate change. NGOs could be in touch with them. We should invite representatives to meetings.

Patrick Gallaud added that a web platform will be shortly created in order to give voice to NGOs.

Question / Comment: (Monique): Will we work in groups as before? It is more fruitful to meet and exchange.

Answer: (Marie-Claude, Victoria, Richard): we need both. But we have to work together. We have to involve all NGOs, including those unable to travel to Paris.

Victoria recalled the three main parts of the Forum.

Marie-Claude precised that we need to think about the third group on ethics and civil society. Danielle Levi   noted that civil justice must be taken into account, that we have to integrate the binding aspect, but we also have to take into account the incentive side and awareness.
Marie-Claude proposed to work on training and capacity building.

Concerning the organisation of the forum,

NGOs are invited to consider how organize parallel events.  The provisional budget dedicated to the forum is around 15.000/20.000 EUR. The amount currently available is 3.500 EUR. Interpretation will be in English and French. NGOs are kindly invited to provide assistance.

Josette mentioned that the debate must be opened up. How do we see the consequences? What do we want to do? Good practices must be observed.

Gloria agreed with Philippe regarding the use of new technologies such as streaming so that as many NGOs can participate in the forum.

Monique added that it is important to change the way of working. The representatives of the NGOs are asked to verify that the emails are well distributed. Martine also mentioned the Marie Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, which it would be interesting to contact.

Claude adds that at the Forum it is important to show what is going well, what is wrong.

Philippe Beaussant: Asked NGOs what they have done through the use of the platform. Martine mentioned the Youth Conference that took place just before COP21.
Also, it would be interesting to contact them. Victoria added that it will be all the easier to contact them because many young people are from our NGOs.
A questionnaire should therefore be sent with very few and precise questions (about 3) and very precise.

Richard: Requested that a surveymonkey on the forum’s results be sent and also noted that the sectors are getting to know us. This is the result of a decade of work. It is extremely important to work closely with them. The next forums on migrants and science were mentioned. Information is relayed via newsletters that also relay information on international days. We must make a call for contributions from foundations, etc.

 The Chair closes the meeting at 4.30 pm.  

The NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Newsletter (Issue number 2)

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It is now three months since the first issue of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee Newsletter. This second  Newsletter will give you access to all the documents related to the seventh international NGO-UNESCO Forum  in partnership with the MiSK Foundation,  which took place in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 3rd to 4th May (ADG ERI Eric Falt’s Monthly Letter ; The UNESCO-NGO Forum Communiqué ; The report of the Forum by UNESCO ERI Desk ; The report of  the  NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee ; The reports of Breakout Sessions on Entrepreneurship & Volunteering, Cultural Heritage, Climate Change and Equal opportunities between young women and men in education ; The NGOs’ presentations at the Speakers’ Corners (RAMAKRISHNA MISSION, ZONTA International, CID, WFTU, ISOCARP) ; Interviews of NGOs’ young representatives).


This forum was the first of its kind, for different reasons: the choice of the Arab region but also the working partnership with the MiSK Foundation which hired a renowned communication agency thus   benefiting the forum with a whole range of new technologies of information to make of this event a unique and interactive experience most adapted to the digitally savvy youth. The exceptional presence of UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova for the closing speech will most likely have contributed to guarantee the success of this unique forum, if needs be, as a testimony to the importance of the soft power of UNESCO.

The Liaison Committee held a meeting on 5th May after the forum in Riyadh and several questions were tackled and decisions made:

1) Youth Network for Peace: A discussion regarding the creation of an International Youth Network for Peace as fruit of this and the previous forum organized by UNESCO and the Liaison Committee. A written proposal concerning this has been submitted to MISK foundation and is currently being studied. We anticipate response by summer of 2017.

2) Forum on Climate Change – though it was mentioned in the strategy document submitted to the Executive board, the Committee agreed to find out more information from the sector as well as take into account the number NGOs still interested in this topic before taking a final decision regarding the hosting in 2017.The committee also appointed Richard Francis Apeh, and Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré to be the focal point for the forum on climate change, and Vicky Lovelock and Patrick Gallaud as Vice-Presidents.

3)Forum on Migration – The choice of theme will be decided taking into account all other issues that UNESCO is involved in and will not be restricted to just education. Were appointed for the forum on Migration: Marie-Christine Griès de la Barbelais as the focal point, and Leonardo Martins.

4) Forum on Science – consultation is still ongoing and a draft project has been sent to the Liaison Committee whose members will look further into this proposal.

5) International Days: three proposals

  1. Photography award for the celebration of International Day of Peace
  2. International Day of Peace : Using Drone at the service of Peace
  3. International Day of The Girl Child

A: The Photo award will be held on the 21st September 2017 which is the International Day of Peace.

Final decision on the venue will be communicated by end of June 2017. The host organization anticipates larger participation this year at award ceremony and they welcome suggestions from Liaison Committee members on how to make it better than previous editions. They also hope to use the event to increase public awareness about UNESCO and the NGO-UNESCO in the host country.

B: The celebration of the international Day of Peace “Using Drones and Robots at the service of Peace” will be held on the 21st of September 2018

C: International Day of the Girl Child will be held on the 17th of October 2018.

6) General Conference of UNESCO & NGO Space – 30 October – 15 November 2017


A Tweeter account of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee (@NgoUnesco) was  initiated ahead of the forum in Riyadh to promote the event and communicate and we already have 755 followers ; we thank you for following us and tweeting during our next events. We would also like to improve our communication on social media and are calling for volunteers to make our events still more visible, take pictures and post them on Facebook and twitter; please let us know if you are interested.


The second major event to take place in May was the 8th global meeting of the Collective Consultation of Non-Governmental Organisations on Education For All (CCNGO/EFA), « The Implementation of SDG4 », now referred to as the Collective Consultation of NGOs for Education 2030 (CCNGO/ED 2030) ; the meeting  (8-9 May) held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was organised by UNESCO and hosted by NEP (NGO Education Partnership). It gathered national, regional and international non-governmental and civil society organisations and members of the Collective Consultation of NGOs for Education 2030, from all over the world. On behalf of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, as representative to the CCNGO, member of the coordination group and drafting committee, I participated in this other major event which was collectively prepared by NGOs and civil society organisations and CCNGO members with the support of UNESCO. A declaration was  drafted, submitted to and adopted by the whole assembly, at the end of the meeting as fruit of an open dialogue ; in the context of the holistic and ambitious Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the implementation of SDG4 as key to the achievement of  the other 16 interlinked SDGs, the CCNGO/ED 2030 representatives recommended to « Foster exchange and learning, share knowledge, and engage in wider debates and cross-sectoral engagement, including through increased dialogue with the UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee and Education and Academia Stakeholder Group ». The CCNGO working procedures were revised and a new coordination group was elected for 2017-2019.

In light of recommendation 35 of the CCNGO/Education 2030, 2017 Global Meeting Declaration and strengthening of the NGO UNESCO Liaison Committee’s role in the CCNGO coordination group, we need to reflect on our future collaboration to actively engage in an intersectoral dialogue with the CCNGO/ED 2030 and impact the implementation of SDG 4.


On behalf of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee,

Philippe Beaussant, President

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, Chair of Communication and Relations with CCNGO


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Representation of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee at the 8th global meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All

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Please find the declaration of the 8th global meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All (CCNGO/EFA), which took place on 8th-9th May 2017, in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the implementation of SDG4 –Education 2030, as well as the working procedures and the list of the members of the new coordination group for 2017-2019. All the documents of the meeting will be available on the CCNGO/Ed 2030 website in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.

The CCNGO Secretariat invites us to share the declaration and use it in our advocacy. In the 35th paragraph, the participants of the meeting recommend to the CCNGO to «Foster exchange and learning, share knowledge, and engage in wider debates and cross-sectoral engagement, including through increased dialogue with the UNESCO-NGO Liaison Committee and Education and Academia Stakeholder Group ».

On behalf of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, I thank the CCNGO Secretariat as well as the members of the coordination group for the excellent preparation of the meeting and the rich and open debates among all the members of civil society, which have made a success of the meeting.

We, NGOs in partnership with UNESCO, are grateful for the opportunity which is thus given to us to further contribute to the implementation of SDG 4.


Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee representative to CCNGO

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Seventh UNESCO NGO Forum: “Youth and Their Social Impact”

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Seventh UNESCO NGO Forum

Organized in partnership with the MiSK Foundation

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 3-4 May 2017

We, the participating NGOs of the Seventh UNESCO NGO Forum, the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and UNESCO, in partnership with the MiSK Foundation, held under the theme of Youth and their Social Impact, welcome the large international nature of the event. For the past two days, we have come together with over 400 NGOs, from over 70 countries and over 2,000 registered delegates, 70 per cent of whom were under the age of 35 years. READ MORE HERE

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s Newsletter (Issue number 1)

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NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee’s Newsletter (Issue number 1)


This newsletter was born of a common will to give more visibility to NGOs’ collective work as official partners of UNESCO, and whose key role has been underlined by our Director General, Mrs Irina Bokova in her message of congratulations addressed to the president and the members of the new Liaison Committee.

The Liaison Committee’s new strategy of communication answers NGOs’ expectations (see ICNGO conclusions) about the latest news of the Liaison Committee and UNESCO, with a space devoted to NGOs for sharing their best practices and events at UNESCO or elsewhere (Word documents, English and French versions to be provided) and for the follow-ups of the fora. We also kindly remind you that a form for NGOs’ posting of events is available (on request) on UNESCO website.

You will find the February Monthly Letter by Assistant Director General, Mr Eric Falt as well as the minutes of the 23rd February’s meeting with all necessary information on the first forum of the new Liaison Committee (7th international forum of NGOs in partnership with UNESCO, 3-4 May, Ryadh) and on the next planned events like the International Day of Peace. You will also find the report on CCNGO meeting.

As we wish to strengthen our cooperation with UNESCO, we would like to create a pool of competences within NGOs’ members and ask you to help us in our mission and register as volunteers in translations, compilations of NGOs’ oral 3mns’statements during the fora or conferences as observers to be posted, reports on conferences and events at UNESCO headquarters or elsewhere and relevant to UNESCO’s priorities.

We are very much looking forward to your suggestions and feedback to improve our communication on NGOs’ collective work.


March 16, 2017

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré,

Chair of Communication and Relations with CCNGO

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Philippe Beaussant is the newly elected President of the UNESCO-NGO liaison committee

The 2016 International Conference of NGOs held from 12 to 14 December 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters elected the members of the 2017-2018 UNESCO NGO liaison committee and its President.

Philippe Beaussant, Président du comité de liaison ONG UNESCO 2017-2018

Philippe Beaussant, President of the NGO UNESCO Liaison committee 2017-2018

Philippe Beaussant, president of the NGO  CIOFF was elected president of the international NGO conference and President of the NGO UNESCO liaison committe for the years 2017-2018.

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“The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” – 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations

The 2016 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will be held from 12 to 14 December 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The 2016 Conference will focus on the theme “The challenge of the digital revolution for NGOs” and will be organized around four subthemes: “The digital revolution and its impact on the diversity of cultural expressions”; “The challenge of access to digital information”; “Does e-learning address challenges of education systems worldwide?”; and, “Science and the digital revolution: which ethical implications?”.

Click here for more information.

Committee on Non-Governmental Partners

The last meeting of the Committee on Non-Governmental Partners (NGP) of the UNESCO Executive Board, took place on Thursday 6 October 2016 at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris, France).

The Committee considered various issues under item 23 of the Agenda of the Executive Board entitled “Relations with non-governmental partners”: the admissions to relations with NGOs and foundations; the follow-up to the decisions of the Executive Board and the resolutions of the General Conference concerning cooperation with NGOs; and the NGOs’ collective work coordinated by the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee.

pdficonsm Text of the address to the committee by Martine LEVY

From Promoting to Constructing Peace

The Sixth International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, on the theme ‘From promoting to building peace with NGOs” will take place in Querétaro, Mexico on 3 and 4 November 2016.

Please find in this page the provisional programme of the forum and a document providing practical information on the forum page.

If your organisation is in position to participate in this Forum, we kindly ask you to pre-register your representatives online before 19 September 2016 on the following page : 6th Forum Pre-registration

For more information on the Forum and on how your NGO can participate, please go to the Forum page.