UNESCO Conference Inspires Scouts to Further Promote Volunteering and Dialogue
The Second International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue ended on a positive note on Wednesday, inspiring young people to work together to promote volunteering and dialogue as they return to their countries, equipped with new knowledge on creating and maintaining peace.
Throughout the conference, which was held from 25-27 September 2017, participants pledged to build peace and promote sustainable development in their respective capacities.
As day 1 went by, participants representing different international, national and civil organizations worldwide shared their experiences and inputs in 4 thematic areas: Refugees and migration, Intercultural Education, Cultural Heritage and Social media for genuine dialogue. During these exhibitions they exchanged best practices in the topics, held discussions around it and got to explain their current efforts towards global issues as they made connections which will add up to their work in the future.
— Pierre Arlaud (@PierreArlaud) September 25, 2017
Following up on day 2 and 3, they participated in workshops dedicated to the same thematic areas, during these workshops they developed an 'action plan' in which they had to create individual or group projects, based on their local context, using learned techniques on dialogue, sports or arts for peace, to tackle current issues on their working area. These action plans will be followed up by the participants after the Conference.
The fruitful sessions connected the like-minded young participants, strengthening their unity and engagement on the topic of human dignity. Additionally, they shared their cultural heritage and committed to increase the awareness on the prevention of violent extremism and the promotion of intercultural dialogue among their communities.
— World Scouting (@worldscouting) September 26, 2017
At the end of the conference, participants received their certificates from by Fahad Al-Sultan, the Secretary-General of King Abdulaziz Centre for National Dialogue (KACND) and Nada Al-Nashif, the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO.