UNESCO Conference: Feelings of a Delegate

by Jan Ramovs on 14th November, 2011 at 5:38 AM CEST

Note from C:F Staff: Jan Ramovs, our C:F Chapter President had an opportunity to attend the 7th UNDESCO Youth Conference in Paris 2011. He is sharing his experience as a delegate there.

Although the 7th UNESCO Youth Conference kicked off on the day of our arrival, we nevertheless got the opportunity in late evening to see a small theatrical performance by the students. In this well equipped UNESCO conference room, one could hear the echos of the common inspiration towards change with youth leading the way.

The next day the main conference began and resolutions needed to be drafted as well as amended; everyone was a full of ideas. Although many speakers raging from scientists, educators, CEO of non-profit organizations to entrepreneurs were more than willing to voice their opinions to global solutions, which in turn made the youth feel that there should have been more room for discussion as oppose to an everyday lecture, often the lack of time prevented for everyone’s questions to be answered. Apart from time constraints and lack of structure, the delegates had an amazing opportunity to ask the leading professionals in their respectful fields for advice, opinion and explanations. Moreover, some took time from their busy schedules to engage youth after the discussions themselves, often exchanging contact information. In addition, the exchange of ideas and dialog did not stop there since after the daily conferences we had a reception, meaning a well prepared buffet for all the delegates, observers and invited guests. As the stress of the day subsided and participants relaxed, we shared many entertaining moments which further lead to the feeling of a common cause worth fighting for.

UNESCO could have structured its debates and discussions more efficiently, nevertheless though the whole conference was quite an event, and in my humble opinion a success as UNESCO did try to provide the best atmosphere to share ideas, develop friendships and maybe even learn a thing or two.

One of my favorite parts happened when the three social entrepreneurs took stage and demonstrated how without much funding, yet with a noble cause and the power of human ingenuity one can change things for the better. Instead of using terms such as profit, marginal revenue and cost cutting techniques they tended to focus on knowledge exchange and cooperation. In respect to that, let one remember the words of Victor Hugo “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come” henceforth great importance was given to the youth organizations with a noble cause, one of them being ours truly Challenge:Future.

Jan at the UNESCO Youth Conference with Olga, C:F Vice President

In conclusion, the 7th UNESCO Conference was a remarkable event as it gathered the youth to not only voice their concerns but to act upon them. One can not emphasize the importance of those actions, as they are reflections of who we are, of what our society collectively represents and for what we strive. Indeed, it’s a responsibility of each one of us to lead by example and to create the transition to a peaceful, tolerant and compassionate existence.

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Great sharing Jan.

A very good experience for leadership with so much knowledge.

14th November, 2011 @ 1:59 PM CEST

Nnanke Inah

Nnanke Inah

Thanks Jan and I hope you have taken note of all the constriants that you noticed to plan for an effective C:F summit next year.

27th November, 2011 @ 1:37 PM CEST

Gershon Lumor

Gershon Lumor

the is a wonderful experience.i hope to have a feel of such an awesome platform of innovators

22nd August, 2012 @ 2:09 AM CEST

Leo Tan

Leo Tan

Thank you for sharing the UNESCO Conference. That would be great if i could join a conference like that.


12th October, 2012 @ 11:13 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

thnx to share ur experience with us!!

7th September, 2014 @ 10:34 AM CEST

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