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11/19/2021 | Press release | Archived content

Caribbean youth make their voices heard at UNESCO’s 12th Global Youth Forum

"Co-creating with Youth the post-COVID period" was the focus of the 12th UNESCO Youth Forum which was held virtually on 19 November with youth representatives from across the world. At the side-lines of UNESCO's General Conference, the Youth Forum took place at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has created a multi-dimensional crisis for young people around the world, aggravating systemic challenges, particularly for young women and youth in vulnerable situations. UNESCO emphasized that unless decisive and collective action is taken now by governments, in partnership with young people, the long- and short-term prospects of the current and future youth generations will be jeopardized.

In this light and building on the findings of the global initiative "Youth as Researchers on COVID-19", the 12th UNESCO Youth Forum brought together young people from around the world to discuss how UNESCO's mandate can be mobilized to fight the negative effects of the pandemic on youth.

The Forum resulted in a draft Plan of "Action for and by Youth" for the post-COVID-19 period which was subsequently presented to Member States at the General Conference.