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The Youth Report at the Unesco General Conference

Do you remember? At the end of the 7th Unesco Youth Forum, you, young and beautiful delegates coming from all over the world, you voted for a report who was supposed to be presented at the 36th Unesco General Conference. And do you remember? You voted for two young and beautiful delegates, Miika Tomi and Nasma Dasser, to be the ones in charge to present the report to the General Conference. Usually, we tend to forget about the last parts of our project: the forum was great, I met a lot of nice people, I started collaborating with others on amazing projects all over the world, and then, yes, it happens, we forget about the Report.

That’s why, I decided to go back to Unesco (and not only to follow the vote about Palestine, come on), to interview Nasma and Miika, the two chosen delegates with the more difficult task ever: to make the General Conference listen to them. 

Education, sustainable development, youth participation, improvement of the youth forum: these are the main four parts of the report that the young delegates approved at the Unesco Youth Forum. 27 concrete proposals presented to the Conference and one big goal: to raise-up the voices of young people.

Are they really listening to them? They think so and the importance of the Youth Report has been recognized by all the “old delegates”. Is Unesco, the right place in which to work for a real change? As says Nasma, “there is no single way to bring change. If you want to bring it to Unesco, do it; if you want to bring it to your family, your community, your society, just do it”.

That’s a great start. And don’t worry, Nasma and Miika we will continue following you.



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Young, qualified and unemployed.

Do you have a job? No. No. No. No. No. No.

Spain, Greece, Italy, Irland, France, Finland are the countries of the young delegates that I had the chance to interview in the last days. And the answer it has been always the same: no I don’t have a job, no I don’t think that I will have one really soon, yes I am trying to do an internship. This is how this young generation is presenting itself.

No hopes, but a lot of idea and solutions. In my opinion, as you can see in the video, the european generation of unemployed is a really strong one: strong ideas and a strong will to change the status quo. Because if the future is dark, the only thing that we can do is to react.

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Thanks to the interns of Unesco

When Unesco preach something and do the opposite and my special thanks to all the interns who have been working in this Unesco Youth Forum.

My post for today it was supposed to be about unemployment as yesterday I had this really interesting interview with Gianni Rosas, the coordinator of the employment program at Ilo (International Labour Organization). And always yesterday I collected some interview concerning job and young people, just asking: “do you have a job?”. And, trust me, what I got is more than interesting and more than what we could expect about it. So, at first today I was supposed just to edit all the interviews and put it on youtube (and I’ll do it really soon), but what I discovered doing my small reportage maybe deserve to be discussed in a proper post and to be done before the end of the forum, before than everybody just go home.

Basicly, yesterday afternoon I started taking interviews and all, I mean, all, were really similar, starting more or less like this:

Me: Name, age, where do you come from.. bla bla bla.  Do you have a job?

They: blab la bla. Oh no, I don’t have a job but I’m doing an amazing internship in Unesco, and it is so incredibly interesting. Seriously, I love it.

Me: Oh cool. And is the internship paid?

They: No, actually no. But sorry for what do you need it? Oh no no, is better not to speak about it. And if you want, you can ask to other interns, there are a lot of us working for the organization of the forum. Did you know it?

Me: Oh. No, actually I wasn’t even thinking about it.

In these four days, I have been working as a youth blogger and journalist for the Youth Forum, selected with other nine amazing young journalists from all over the world. We had to cover the event from 8 to 20 that always it has been transformed is something like from 9 to the end of everything, like 22 or 23. The youth bloggers had the chance to not only follow the event showing their different prospective, but also to sit in the organization office and to watch from inside what is happening there. And this is transparency, I think, with all the consequences of the case, the good and the bad ones. And what I discover in that offices, staying there for hours is that there is a staff of people who has been working for days and hours, with no stop and no pauses, just working. They were there at 7 o’clock and still there at 11 o’clock when I had to leave, they were doing whatever it was necessary, from the most small and stupid organizational problem, to the biggest and more difficult one. And, what I discovered also is that to do all this big big job was of course the staff official of Unesco and plus, of course the interns. And for what? Nothing. The interns of Unesco who has been working everyday organizing whatever and with whoever, they weren’t earning any money. Just a reimburse of 40 euros each day.

I am not discovering nothing new, and I mean, all the young people in the world are facing this problem, but I do believe that in this case the situation is even worst, if it is possible. Unesco is organizing a big event like a Youth Forum and it is just asking to experts and delegates to come and speak about unemployment and it is stimulating young people to raise their voice, to ask for what they need. So if you are doing al these things than you are supposed to have a really clean conduct which nobody can attack in any case. And this is not the case: if you are asking us to react, to do something and to pretend to be respected how can you accept one system in which interns are working so much without being payed at all?

And I am really sorry because I really enjoyed these days and I was so surprised to find a great staff of people so motivated and enthusiastic. It was really inspiring for me, just because for a while I thought that there were still places in the world which are different from what we are used to. And for all these reasons now, I am so sorry to go back home with this feeling of betrayal: Unesco made me believe they are different and then they are the same as the others. And this is sad.

I would like to end my terribly long post just saying thanks. Thanks to all the interns, the volunteer and the organization staff who have been working for days and hours with that passion that everybody experienced. Sharing the office with you, it was an honour and one of the best experiences in these days, because I saw something that I would never have expect: passion for your job. And now that I know that a lot of you were not payed at all, I admire you twice. So thanks non payed interns of Unesco, who created all this. And just another thing (the hardest part of the game): we will have non payed internship just until the day in which there will be young and passionate people accepting them.

We, participants and delegates, going back home we will try to raise our voice, please try to do the same: you won’t be alone in this fight.




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Gender equalities: the never ending fight

Just to let you know, here is full of women. My boss is a woman, her assistant is a woman, the boss of my boss is a woman, and the boss of them is another woman: then there is the main group assisting the Director General (a woman, the first one leading Unesco) and guess what: they are all women. So. The problem now is mine: why I am just noticing so much when women are at the top, heading important sectors or institution? Maybe because is so far from what is happening in my country, so terribly far. In Italy, if somewhere there are a lot of women (and if we are not in a school), it means that somebody obliged them to call women representatives. And this is sad.

So somebody of you (especially people who know me), could argue that I am terribly boring always speaking about gender stuff, but I think that it’s so dangerous to forget to fight for it because actually nothing is really changing.

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When the big listen to the little

Could you imagine that at the top of Unesco, in a  room where all the big big big big staff meet every morning to speak about the important stuff of the day there is a big monitor with twitter account??? Yes, I am serious. The big big big staff, is just reading what young delegates twits in order to better understand what is happening over there (Ok they could just go there and watch it, but I mean, this is revolutionary: burocratic people in suits and ties reading twits of 20 years old delegates? I have to be honest, i like it).

The group of youth Bloggers has been called at the morning meeting of this Unesco Staff just to explain what they are seeing and doing in this forum. (Yes, what?). And i swear, they were actually listening at you and sometimes smiling (we’re even funny)!

So just one suggestion young delegates, RAISE YOUR VOICE, because even if sometimes it doesn’t seem like this, THEY (and i mean, the real THEY, the big and powerful one) ARE LISTENING, AND READING.

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Dirty Hands 3: Italian delegate

The italian delegate’s story, a rare example of a person living thanks to culture in Italy. (Yes at the beginning me neither I was trusting him: are you really living thanks to culture in Italy? I mean eating, paying bills, paying the rent thanks to culture? A culture related job? wow). So after looking at him like a dinosaur, I just started listening to him and his great projects in one country in which culture is no more considered as a sector in which invest.

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Dirty Hands 2: CISV International

Elisa Omodei and Camilla Wetzel are our second choice for the Dirty Hands series. They are a kind of special delegates, called: observers and they are representing their Ngo, Cisv International. They’re working on educational projects all around the world aiming at sensitize on cultural diversity. “I for example,” said Camilla, “I have been in a village in Egypt working with the local community and trying to sensitize them about volunteering. We worked together doing social works and it was definitely a great experience”. Unesco is just their partner, all the dirty jobs are done by their hands.

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October 17, 2011 · 6:32 pm