IMPORTANT: PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM YOUTH FROM AUSTRIA WITH THE NEW DEADLINE ON NOVEMBER 24, 2012!

 

As we prepare for the 5th UNAOC Youth Event in Vienna, we met one of the participants of the UNAOC Youth Event in 2011 in Doha – Anna Magnand from Vienna, Austria. Here are her thoughts and experiences from the Youth Event held in Doha.

UNAOC Youth Event Team: What do you do and how did you learn about the UNAOC Youth Event in Doha?

Anna Magnand: I am the executive director of the Muslim-Jewish Conference, which is an NGO that organizes annual inter-faith youth events. The conference lasts for a week and is held for young Muslim and Jewish persons from around the world. I attended the UNAOC Summer School in 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal and afterwards we were given information regarding the Youth Event in Doha. I applied and got accepted. At the UNAOC Youth Event I represented the Muslim-Jewish Conference.

 

UNAOC Youth Event Team: What were some of the highlights of the Youth Event in Doha?

Anna Magnand: The highlight of the event was the actual discussions that took place. We were divided into groups and seated at a discussion table, we were given topics and questions to discuss and tried to reach a consensus amongst ourselves. We also came up with proposals and recommendations. Furthermore, I think it is a great opportunity to meet people from around the world who run amazing projects. It was so interesting to be introduced to such a diverse group of people, engaged in various fields such as health, environment, inter-faith and intercultural activities. I also enjoyed the cultural part of the Forum. At the end of the Youth Event, we were invited to tour a cultural village of Qatara and attend a series of concerts by international artists.

 

UNAOC Youth Event Team: What were the topics of the Youth Event in Doha?

Anna Magnand: The Doha event focused on finding the link between intercultural dialogue and development. The three main topics were: how cultural diversity matters to development; promoting trust and tolerance to advance development goals – which was linked to the Millennium Development Goals; and new strategies for intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation. We were also given sub-questions and each group discussed the three topics through sub-questions in order to come up with proposals and recommendations. Each discussion table also had a previously chosen moderator to facilitate the conversations. At the end of each round, we wrote approximately two sentences in order to sum up the discussions. The reports from each table were later given to representatives of each continent, who were elected by the participants themselves.

 

UNAOC Youth Event Team: Would you recommend for young people to participate in the Youth Event?

Anna Magnand: Of course, I would. I think it is such a unique opportunity to meet people from so many different backgrounds who are engaged in various fields and organizations and promote the goals of the UNAOC. At the Youth Event, we were put into groups with people we had never met before, people from different countries, religious and ethnic backgrounds and discussed these topics that enabled us to get to know the realities of other parts of the world. We got to know the Egyptian, Estonian, Qatari, American and other realities and had a chance to compare those to our own. It was very interesting and refreshing to discuss topics with persons from other parts of the world.

 

UNAOC Youth Event Team: What importance does the UNAOC Youth Event carry in today’s world?

Anna Magnand: Facing today’s challenges in a globalized society, I am confident young people know how to tackle the various issues affecting them, and make a better world. However, it is crucial that the youth is given the means to develop their initiatives as well as to get together with other visionary young people and form a stronger international community with shared goals. I think international youth events like this one are crucial to build a true sustainable Alliance of Civilizations to work for a better future for all of us.


 

THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES HAS ENDED NOVEMBER 1, 2012.

THE CALL CONTINUES FOR APPLICANTS FROM AUSTRIA WITH A NEW DEADLINE ON NOVEMBER 24, 2012.

THIS IS A CALL TO YOUTH FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WANTING TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING AND RESPECT AMONG VARIOUS CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES!

  • Are you between 18 and 35 years old?
  • Are you a member or a representative of a youth-led organization?
  • Do you want to contribute to a global conversation on intercultural understanding and exchange innovative experiences?
  • Do you want to meet other youth leaders from all over the world and develop joing actions?
  • Would you like to take part in discussions that will help shape the United Nations’ agenda with regards to relations among different cultures?

ALL STUDENTS AND YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH A STRONG INTEREST IN INTERCULTURAL ISSUES ARE WELCOME TO APPLY! 

If you answered yes to all of these questions you will certainly be interested to review the below information and apply to take part in the Youth Event and the 5th UNAOC Forum in Vienna, hosted by the Government of Austria.

The costs for the event, including accomodation and travel fees, are covered by the organizers. The participants will also attend the 5th UNAOC Forum, February 27-28, 2013.

APPLY NOW! 

Download (for Participants from Austria Only): UNAOC Vienna Youth Event Application Guidelines

Download (for Participants from Austria Only): UNAOC Vienna Youth Event Application Form

 



Youth Event, February 26, 2013

Dear Youth,

We would like to invite you to participate in the Youth Event as part of the 5th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum, which will take place in Vienna, Austria from February 26 to 28, 2013, under the title “Responsible Leadership in Diversity and Dialogue”.

Youth at the Doha Forum in 2011

The UNAOC Global Forum brings together a number of participants including youth, political leaders, decision-makers, civil society activists, representatives of religious communities, etc. in order to work together and improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions in order to build a lasting peace.

And here is where you come in! Over centuries, the youth of every generation has played an important role in shaping politics, economics, and culture. The UNAOC believes that recognizing young people’s contribution to promoting intercultural respect is crucial and you – the young generation – play an integral role in intercultural dialogue and represent sustainability.

In various workshops, the participants will produce recommendations that will be read out to General-Secretary Ban Ki Moon during the closing event of the 5th UNAOC Global Forum. Some of the selected participants will be invited to speak at High Level panels during the Forum in order to represent the voice of the youth.

The Youth Event will explore on how responsible leadership can make a difference in the following major issues:

  1. Addressing the universal right to religious freedom and promoting a new religious pluralism through education
  2. Media pluralism and diversity of media content and their contribution to fostering public debate, democracy and awareness of diverse options;
  3. Shaping a new narrative for migration, integration and mobility in the global economy.

 

Youth Discussions from the Doha Forum 2011

The Youth Event as part of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum will take place in Vienna, Austria on February 26, 2013 upon the invitation of the Government of Austria. Meet youth leaders, discuss important issues, establish networks and connections, and bring the message of common understanding with you back home!

Youth Event Participants at the UNAOC Rio Forum