Engaging Tomorrow's Leaders

Today’s young people are tomorrow’s decision-makers—but they have the energy and potential to initiate change right now. Their participation in society is crucial to shaping our world.

Globally, today’s generation of youth is the largest in history. According to UNESCO, at the beginning of 2012, 50.5 per cent of people in the world were under the age of 30. UNESCO believes it is important to respond to young people’s expectations and ideas to empower them and help them build sustainable skills. That is why UNESCO:

  • Builds partnerships between UNESCO and youth;
  • Encourages young people to participate in its initiatives and those of its partner organizations;
  • Integrates young people's concerns and expectations into the choices made by Member States on matters of education, science, culture and communication.

Our action strategy

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO firmly believes that young people are essential partners in building more just and peaceful societies throughout the world. For this reason, the Commission ensures that youth fully participate, not only in the activities of the Commission, but in those of UNESCO and in other civil society forums as well. The Commission considers its youth members as essential to achieving its mission. Their viewpoints and experiences are vital in ensuring different generational perspectives are well represented in the Commission’s work.

Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

Members of our Youth Advisory Group help identify the issues and concerns of youth in their communities, provide recommendations, and help us develop new local initiatives and activities. They also take part in UNESCO-related events, such as the annual general meeting and Youth Forum, and act as liaisons between their organizations and networks and the Commission. They help develop and support initiatives that relate to UNESCO’s work. Ultimately, group members support one another through a network that unites young people with similar interests and convictions.

For more information on how to become a member of the Youth Advisory Group, please contact Emmanuelle Coutu.

UNESCO's Strategy for Action

For more information on UNESCO activities and projects for youth, visit the UNESCO Youth Programme.