The first “WFUCA Academy for Women” was organized successfully

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the first WFUCA Academy for Women took place on 7th March, which was co-organized by the Romanian Federation and the Greek Federation, through the Piraeus and Islands Club for UNESCO (Greece) and the Alumnus Club for UNESCO (Romania). The first WFUCA Academy for Women is an online art presentation on the theme of “Equality”. National federations, clubs, and associations for UNESCO as well as their partners, and artists, in different parts of the world were invited to participate. This theme was chosen to take into account the recently concluded World Conference on Education through Culture and the Arts, organized in Abu Dhabi by UNESCO and the Government of the United Arab Emirates.

In the third millennium, in an era of contradictions, women still need many changes to avoid discrimination. This is what was attempted through the online exhibition EQUALITY, from March 7, a new perspective and new solutions through the exchange of ideas to combat discrimination and violence by creating (pro) attitudes against extremism of all kinds, partnerships and solidarity networks through the arts, based on understanding, dialogue, cooperation and peace. In the opening, more than 110 participants from all corners of the world were treated to an emotional micro-recital by the lyric artist, Hlín Leifsdóttir (Iceland), who chose to sing one of the famous songs “O sole mio”.

Messages were sent at the opening of the works, which emphasized the importance of the event and of International Women’s Day:

Ms Assel Utegenova, Liaison Officer and Focal point for Associations and Clubs for UNESCO at the UNESCO Secretariat:

“As we commemorate International Women’s Day, allow me to emphasize UNESCO’s unwavering commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. With its fundamental values grounded in human dignity, diversity and inclusion, UNESCO considers gender equality as the cornerstone of its principles, fostering dialogue, participation and ensuring the equal representation of women in all areas and at all levels, including within National Commissions, Clubs and Associations for UNESCO. By promoting inclusive governance structures and advocating for equal opportunities for all, we uphold the values of peace and sustainability and contribute to the vitality of societies for generations to come.”

Mr. Bolat Akchulakov, WFUCA President:

“Gender equality is not just a concept, but the foundation on which UNESCO stands. It is an essential element of our global mission, deeply rooted in the values we hold. The World Federation is committed to harnessing the transformative power of projects in the fields of education and culture in order to remove down barriers that hinder gender equality.
Through initiatives such as the Academy of Women, we strive to illuminate the path towards a world that is more inclusive and just, where the contributions of women are celebrated and recognized in all aspects of life.
The participation of member countries in this project demonstrates unity and shared commitment to the realization of our vision of gender equality.
As we gather here today, it also marks a significant occasion to extend my heartfelt greetings on International Women’s Day. This is an important day to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women and stand together as a united front, working towards gender equality around the globe.”

Ms.Daniela Popescu, WFUCA Vice president Ioanis Maronitis WFUCA Ex.Board:

“Intercultural education, propelled also by clubs and associations for UNESCO, started from the idea that in a rapid globalization of societies, there are great barriers and cultural gaps between groups of people and often the differences create conflicts or aggressions. Through the Women’s Academy WFUCA will try to educate the public on these issues; differences are not essential, cultures can coexist, and from acceptance of diversity we can progress toward communication, intercultural dialogue, and partnership. It is necessary to accept the values of another culture and to accept the idea that we now live in a mobile, multicultural society that is constantly improving”

The two moderators of the event, were Mrs. Daniela Popescu, WFUCA vice president, and Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, member of WFUCA EX. Board, helped by Mrs. Antonia Founti, the curator of the exhibition, tried to create a bridge of dialogue and cultures, helped by artists from all continents of the world. Moreover, Mr. Ioanis Maronitis announced the opening of the EQUALITY exhibition with posters of works from over 50 countries, this summer in Greece, with the handing out of participation diplomas at this first major WFUCA event dedicated to women.

Réunion en ligne relative aux associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO et au programme jeunessede l’UNESCO

La « Réunion en relative aux associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO et au Programme Jeunesse de l’UNESCO » s’est tenue le 29 février 2024. Cette rencontre a réuni plus de 150 représentants des Commissions nationales pour l’UNESCO, du Secrétariat de l’UNESCO et des membres de la Fédération mondiale des associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO (FMACU).

La séance a débuté par un accueil chaleureux de la part de M. Dov Lynch, Chef de la Section des relations avec les États membres, du Secteur pour la Priorité Afrique et les Relations extérieures. M. Lynch a souligné le rôle essentiel des efforts de collaboration entre les États membres, les associations et clubs et le Secrétariat.

En outre, Mme Assel Utegenova, Chargée de liaison et point focal pour les associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO, Unité des Commissions nationales et des bourses, a fourni aux participants une mise à jour sur les dernières réglementations de l’UNESCO. Elle a également présenté le calendrier 2024 des événements importants pour le mouvement des clubs, soulignant l’engagement de l’Organisation à favoriser un environnement qui encourage la participation active des jeunes. Sa présentation a souligné la nécessité d’activités davantage axées sur l’engagement des jeunes dans divers secteurs, présentant le mouvement des Clubs comme un partenaire clé dans la mobilisation des jeunes.

En outre, M. Bolat Akchulakov, Président de la FMACU, a présenté les priorités de travail pour 2024 en mettant l’accent sur le développement de la « Stratégie jeunesse des associations et des clubs pour l’UNESCO 2024-2030 : Construire ensemble un avenir durable ». qui sera développé lors du Forum mondial de la jeunesse des associations et clubs de l’UNESCO, vise à exploiter le potentiel d’innovation des jeunes en tant que moteurs du changement.

« Les jeunes ne sont pas seulement les dirigeants de demain ; ce sont des acteurs du changement, qui stimulent l’innovation et le progrès au sein de nos communautés et au-delà. Où qu’ils résident, les jeunes doivent être des membres à part entière de leurs communautés et des agents du changement », a souligné M. Bolat Akchulakov.

Au cours de son discours, il a rassuré les représentants des Commissions nationales, qui n’ont pas encore de Fédération ou de Clubs en général, que la FMACU est toujours ouverte à coopérer et prête à fournir toute l’assistance possible pour impliquer les pays dans le mouvement des Clubs afin d’unir les efforts pour atteindre les objectifs clés de l’UNESCO.

Dans la partie suivante de la réunion, Mme Souria Saad-Zoi, Cheffe de la Section jeunesse du Secteur des sciences sociales et humaines, a présenté le Programme jeunesse de l’UNESCO, y compris les résultats du 13e Forum des jeunes de l’UNESCO, qui a vu la participation de plus de 140 représentants de la jeunesse du monde entier.

Mme Saad-Zoi a évoqué l’engagement de longue date de l’UNESCO en faveur de l’autonomisation des jeunes, reconnaissant les avantages significatifs que les jeunes ont tirés des actions de l’UNESCO au fil des années. Elle a souligné les efforts actifs de l’Organisation pour garantir que les voix des jeunes soient entendues et valorisées, renforçant ainsi leur importance pour façonner l’avenir.

Les organisateurs de la réunion en ligne expriment leur profonde gratitude à tous les participants pour leurs précieuses contributions et leur participation active. La réunion marque une avancée significative dans le renforcement de la collaboration entre l’UNESCO, les Commissions nationales et les associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO, établissant une trajectoire positive pour la réalisation d’objectifs communs.

Online Meeting on Associations and Clubs for UNESCO and UNESCO’s Youth Programme

“Online Meeting on Associations and Clubs for UNESCO and UNESCO’s Youth Programme” was held on February 29, 2024. This gathering brought together over 150 representatives of the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Secretariat and members of the World Federation of Associations and Clubs for UNESCO (WFUCA).
The session commenced with a warm welcome from Mr. Dov Lynch, Chief of the Section for Relations with Member States, Sector for Priority Africa and External Relations. Mr. Lynch emphasized the critical role of collaborative efforts among Member States, Associations and Clubs and the Secretariat.
Additionally, Ms. Assel Utegenova, Liaison Officer and Focal Point for Associations and Clubs for UNESCO, National Commissions and Fellowships Unit, provided participants with an update on the latest UNESCO regulations. She also presented the 2024 Calendar of important events for the Clubs movement, highlighting the Organization’s commitment to fostering an environment that encourages the active participation of youth. Her presentation stressed the need for activities that are more focused on youth engagement across various sectors, showcasing the Clubs movement as a key partner in mobilizing young people.
Furthermore, Mr. Bolat Akchulakov, President of WFUCA, outlined the 2024 priorities of work with a focus on the development of the “Youth Strategy of Associations and Clubs for UNESCO 2024-2030: Building a sustainable future together”. This strategy, set to be developed during the Global Youth Forum of Associations and Clubs for UNESCO Leaders, aims to harness the innovative potential of young people as drivers of change.
“Youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are change-makers, driving innovation and progress within our communities and beyond. Wherever they reside, youth should be full members of their communities and agents of change,” noted Mr. Bolat Akchulakov.
During his speech, he reassured the representatives of the National Commissions, who do not yet have a Federation or Clubs in general, that WFUCA is always open to cooperate and ready to provide every possible assistance to involve countries in the Clubs movement in order to unite efforts to achieve UNESCO key goals.
In the next part of the meeting, Ms. Souria Saad-Zoi, Chief of the Youth Section within the Social and Human Sciences Sector, presented UNESCO’s Youth Programme, including the outcomes of the 13th UNESCO Youth Forum, which witnessed participation from over 140 youth representatives from around the globe.
Ms. Saad-Zoi elaborated on UNESCO’s longstanding commitment to youth empowerment, acknowledging the significant benefits young people have derived from UNESCO’s actions over the years. She underscored the Organization’s active efforts to ensure that the voices of young people are heard and valued, reinforcing their importance in shaping the future.
Organizers of the online meeting express their profound gratitude to all participants for their invaluable contributions and active participation. The meeting marks a significant step forward in strengthening the collaboration between UNESCO, National Commissions and Associations and Clubs for UNESCO, setting a positive trajectory for the achievement of common goals.

Mrs. Youngshik Kim Participated in the World Conference on Culture and Arts Education 2024

Mrs. Youngshik Kim, Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific Region of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA), addressed the participants of the side event “Towards the Implementation of the UNESCO Framework for Culture and Arts Education” during the World Conference on Culture and Arts Education 2024 on February 15th, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), United Arab Emirates.

In her address at the occasion, hosted by the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE), World Dance Alliance (WDA), Dance and the Child International (daCi), the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) and the Porto Santo Charter, Mrs. Kim emphasized the significance of the efforts of member countries of the World Federation in advancing UNESCO’s key priorities. She highlighted the importance of culture and arts education, uniting the efforts of nearly 5000 organizations in 89 countries worldwide.

“Our movement, which was born in 1947 put great attention to the aspects of Culture and Arts Education. In this regard, our civic movement has united around a goal to implement various international projects aimed at the promotion of cultural diversity and arts education approached through different esthetics”,  stated Mrs. Youngshik Kim.

She pointed out several key international projects such as Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa and the International Youth Festival “The Planet of ART”, which promote understanding and interaction between cultures, as well as intercultural dialogue and peace.

In conclusion of her speech, she also outlined that WFUCA strongly believes and invites all stakeholders to unite forces in order to greatly contribute to the design and implementation of new approaches in the development of culture and arts education expertise for a better and more sustainable future.

The 3rd World Conference was held from 13 to 15 February 2024 and provided a space for Member States and diverse actors to update their perspectives on the topic, exchange experiences, and most importantly adopt a “Framework for Culture and Arts Education” that considers not just the “Arts” but also “Culture”, understood in the broadest sense.

This event also united relevant UN agencies, intergovernmental-organizations and UNESCO networks and partners in the field of culture and education to share practices and innovative ideas, as well as strengthen a global alliance for culture and arts education.

“Associations and Clubs for UNESCO as a driving force for a sustainable future”, Partnership’s Hub session of 42nd UNESCO General Conference

On November 16, a special Partnership’s Hub session “Associations and Clubs for UNESCO as a driving force for a sustainable future” was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The event, which brought together online and offline representatives of the movement and stakeholders from different regions of the world, became a platform for discussion on the role of Associations and Clubs in shaping a sustainable society.

The key event of the session was the presentation of the book “United by UNESCO: Associations and Clubs for UNESCO as a driving force for a sustainable future”, initiated by Kazakhstan in cooperation with the UNESCO Secretariat and more than 30 Member States. This publication shows the development of the Clubs movement as one of UNESCO’s oldest partner networks, founded over 75 years ago. It also showcases the important role of volunteer activists worldwide in implementing UNESCO’s vision for the development of an inclusive and sustainable society. The electronic version of the publication is available in English and French by this link.

The event was opened with words of welcome from the Sector for Priority Africa and External Relations of UNESCO, a video message by the President of the World Federation of Clubs and Associations for UNESCO, Mr Bolat Akchulakov, and a welcome speech by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to UNESCO, H.E. Ambassador Askar Abdrakhmanov.

Furthermore, the lead author of the publication, Dr. Cristina Stanca-Mustea, held a panel discussion with young representatives of the Clubs movement who were also delegates to the 13th UNESCO Youth Forum. Young people shared their experience of participating in the projects of Associations and Clubs for UNESCO in their local communities and expressed their vision for the future development of the movement.

It is hoped that this event will provide impetus for the development of more youth-oriented activities and collaborations within the Clubs movement at all levels.

The video from the event broadcast is available here.

WFUCA addressed at 42nd Session of UNESCO General Conference

Mr. Bolat Akchulakov, President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA), addressed the participants at the general policy debate section of the 42nd session of UNESCO General Conference, Paris.

In his speech, Mr. Akchulakov noted that it was a great honor for him to speak on behalf of one of the oldest UNESCO partner networks. He stressed that the UNESCO Clubs’ Movement, which was established in 1947 and unites today almost five thousand organizations in 90 countries of the world, aims to promote the key priorities and values of the Organization among representatives of civil society.

In the context of the challenges facing the world community, he highlighted that cooperation and joint efforts are becoming key elements for solving global problems.

“Through a variety of cultural and educational events, we aim to unite a significant number of young people worldwide in pursuit of a sustainable future, demonstrating that today, unity is the key to overcoming difficulties” – emphasized Mr. Akchulakov.

As part of the 75th anniversary of the movement, widely celebrated last year, Kazakhstan in collaboration with UNESCO prepared a historical publication summarizing the best experiences and practices of Clubs and Associations for UNESCO. The official presentation is scheduled to take place at UNESCO Headquarters on November 16th, coinciding with the day of Organization’s establishment.

Mr. Akchulakov also outlined the priorities of the World Federation’s work for the next four years, including: strengthening the movement, deepening cooperation with UNESCO and activating youth potential through the formation of leadership potential.

In conclusion of his speech Mr. Bolat Akchulakov expressed a gratitude to UNESCO for its constant assistance and assured that the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations is aimed at strengthening the organization through the support of priority aims in accordance with the guidelines.

Newsletter: Result of the 10th World Congress of WFUCA / Bulletin d’informations: Résultats du 10e Congrès mondial de la FMACU

The 10th World Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA) was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from October 26 to 29, 2023. This important event gathered over 100 representatives of the UNESCO Clubs Movement from all regions.

The main outcomes of the Congress were:

  1. Adoption of the revised name of the World Federation, in English “World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA)”, in French “Fédération mondiale des associations et clubs UNESCO (FMACU)”, which is identical to the name of the World Federation when it was founded in 1981;
  2. Adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of WFUCA bringing it into compliance with the “Regulatory Framework Regarding Associations, Centres and Clubs for UNESCO”;
  3. Admission of new members including: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan;
  4. Announcement of the Global Initiative of Partnership Establishment;
  5. Adoption of the “Appeal for Global Peace”;
  6. Election of the new Executive Board of WFUCA, including: President, Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, and Members.

In accordance with the results of the election, all new Executive Board members were elected by an absolute majority, as follows:

  • President: Mr. Bolat Akchulakov (Republic of Kazakhstan)
  • Vice-President for Europe Region: Ms. Daniela Popescu (Romania)
  • Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean Region: Ms. Katannia Plummer-Mitchell (Jamaica)
  • Vice-President for the Asia-Pacific Region: Ms. Youngshik Kim (Republic of Korea)
  • Vice-President for the African region: Mr. Gabin Ahogbédji Allognon (Republic of Benin)
  • Vice-President for the Arab Region: Mr. Mokhtar Farhat (Republic of Tunisia)
  • Treasurer: Mr. Dzmitry Substelny (Republic of Belarus)
  • Member for Europe Region: Mr. Ioannis Maronitis (Hellenic Republic)
  • Member for Asia-Pacific Region: Mr. Sharifi Nazir (Republic of Tajikistan)
  • Member for African Region: Mr. Augustin Bouda (Burkina-Faso)

The following national federations continue to serve as ex-officio members of Executive Board of WFUCA:

  • Chinese National Federation of Clubs and Associations for UNESCO (CNFUCA)
  • Italian Federation of Associations and Clubs for UNESCO (FICLU)
  • National Federation of Associations for UNESCO in Japan (NFUAJ)
  • Vietnam Federation of Associations for UNESCO (VFUA)

Meanwhile, Mr. Yue Du (People’s Republic of China) was warmly invited to continue his mandate as the Secretary General and lead the daily work of the Secretariat of WFUCA.

Following the election, the participating countries of the Congress expressed hope for the further successful development of the World Federation with the arrival of new leadership.

Mr. Bolat Akchulakov outlined key priorities of WFUCA, emphasizing the need to strengthen and develop Associations and Clubs for UNESCO in all regions of the world, increase their visibility and role in supporting UNESCO’s mandate in local communities, and expand the number of new members. Additionally, there is a desire to deepen collaboration with UNESCO and the governments of member states to jointly implement the World Federation’s key programs.

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Le 10e Congrès mondial de la Fédération mondiale des associations et clubs UNESCO (FMACU) s’est tenu à Séoul, en République de Corée, du 26 au 29 octobre 2023. Cet événement important a rassemblé plus de 100 représentants du Mouvement des clubs UNESCO de toutes les régions.

Les principaux résultats du Congrès sont les suivants

  1. L’adoption du nom révisé de la Fédération mondiale, en anglais ” World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA) “, en français ” Fédération mondiale des associations et clubs UNESCO (FMACU) “, qui est identique au nom de la Fédération mondiale lors de sa fondation en 1981 ;
  2. Adoption des amendements à la Constitution de la FMACU la mettant en conformité avec “le Cadre réglementaire relatif aux associations, centres et clubs pour l’UNESCO” ;
  3. Admission de nouveaux membres dont : Azerbaïdjan, Iran, Kenya, Kirghizistan, Tadjikistan ;
  4. Annonce de l’Initiative mondiale d’établissement de partenariats ;
  5. Adoption de “l’Appel à la paix mondiale” ;
  6. Élection du nouveau conseil exécutif de la FMACU, comprenant : Président, vice-présidents, trésorier et membres.

Conformément aux résultats des élections, tous les nouveaux membres du conseil exécutif ont été élus à la majorité absolue, comme suit :

  • Président : M. Bolat Akchulakov (République du Kazakhstan)
  • Vice-présidente pour la région Europe : Mme Daniela Popescu (Roumanie)
  • Vice-présidente pour la région Amérique latine et Caraïbes : Mme Katannia Plummer-Mitchell (Jamaïque)
  • Vice-présidente pour la région Asie-Pacifique : Mme Youngshik Kim (République de Corée)
  • Vice-président pour la région Afrique : M. Gabin Ahogbédji Allognon (République du Bénin)
  • Vice-président pour la région arabe : M. Mokhtar Farhat (République de Tunisie)
  • Trésorier : M. Dzmitry Substelny (République du Belarus)
  • Membre pour la région Europe : M. Ioannis Maronitis (République hellénique)
  • Membre pour la région Asie-Pacifique : M. Sharifi Nazir (République du Tadjikistan)
  • Membre pour la région Afrique : M. Augustin Bouda (Burkina-Faso)

Les fédérations nationales suivantes continuent d’être membre ex-officio du Conseil Exécutif de la FMACU:

  • Fédération nationale chinoise des associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO (CNFUCA)
  • Fédération italienne des associations et clubs pour l’UNESCO (FICLU)
  • Fédération nationale des associations pour l’UNESCO au Japon (NFUAJ)
  • Fédération vietnamienne des associations pour l’UNESCO (VFUA)

Par ailleurs, M. Yue Du (République populaire de Chine) a été chaleureusement invité à poursuivre son mandat de Secrétaire général et à diriger le travail quotidien du Secrétariat de la FMACU.

Après l’élection, les pays participants au Congrès ont exprimé leur espoir de voir la Fédération mondiale continuer à se développer avec succès grâce à l’arrivée d’un nouveau dirigeant.

M. Bolat Akchulakov a présenté les principales priorités de la FMACU, soulignant la nécessité de renforcer et de développer les associations et les clubs pour l’UNESCO dans toutes les régions du monde, d’accroître leur visibilité et leur rôle dans le soutien du mandat de l’UNESCO au sein des communautés locales, et d’augmenter le nombre de nouveaux membres. En outre, il existe un désir d’approfondir la collaboration avec l’UNESCO et les gouvernements des États membres afin de mettre en œuvre conjointement les programmes clés de la Fédération mondiale.

Cultural and Historical Heritage of Gold Embroidery of Siberia

A large-scale event dedicated to the Siberian gold embroidery traditions and the 300th anniversary of the city of Yekaterinburg took place on August 18, 2023, in the Central City Library in Yekaterinburg. The Catalog “Cultural and Historical Heritage of Gold Embroidery of Siberia” and a new tourist route around the city of Tyumen “Golden Fibre of Siberia” were presented to the participants of the UNESCO Club movement. The participants were welcomed by the Chairman of the Committee for Accreditation of UNESCO Clubs under the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Mrs. Lyudmila Savicheva, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region Mr. Roman Dorokhin, and Head of the Department of the Ministry of International and Foreign Economic Relations of the region Mr. Dmitry Vaskov. The guests got acquainted with the history of handicrafts, with samples of gold embroidery of the peoples of the Eurasian continent.

Elena Suleymanova, the founder of the Siberian Gold Embroiderers UNESCO Club, spoke about the development of a new project called the National Brand “Golden Thread of Russia”, which will include regions where unique gold embroidery traditions are revived and preserved. Mrs. Suleymanova has participated in the UNESCO Club movement for more than 10 years, representing the Tyumen region and our country at international exhibitions, congresses, and conferences. In 2022, her Club won the All-Russian competition “The Best UNESCO Club of the Russian Federation” in the nomination for the preservation of cultural heritage.

The Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of WFUCA

Introduction

 The year 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations. During the last 40 years, WFUCA and its all members have greatly promoted UNESCO Clubs Movement all over the world, with the support and joint work with WFUCA, many countries have established their national federations and played important role in respective countries for the promotion of our mandate and work.

While initially planned for physical celebration activities to be held in UNESCO headquarters, due to the evolving situation of the pandemic and in order to ensure the widest participation of its members, in consultation with the Participation and fellowships Section, it was agreed that the celebration activities could be held online while the 10th World Congress of WFUCA is postpone to a later stage in order to ensure equal participation of all members, especially from LDC countries, as the Congress will include a series of election that require physical participation. To this end, a revised budget was also submitted to UNESCO and was approved on 4th August 2021.

To celebrate this important anniversary this year, taking a stock of the progress WFUCA has made, share good practices with all members, and look into a better future of the work for UNESCO Clubs Movement, WFUCA organized a series of activities for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of WFUCA starting from the October 2021.

The celebration series are divided into four major parts as following:

 

No. Activities Date
1 Opening Ceremony of the 40th anniversary of WFUCA followed by a Public Webinar on the theme of “Civil Society with the Pandemics” 23/10/2021
2 IV Asia-Europe Forum on Education on the theme of “Sustainable Development in Our Society” 29/10/2021 – 30/10/2021
3 World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) 40th Anniversary Youth Forum 5/11/2021 – 7/11/ 2021
4 The Co-Creation, an International Game of Art 15/10/2021 – 15/3/2022

This activity therefore consists of 4 reports, each corresponding to an activity as indicated above.

  

Part I

Opening Ceremony of the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of WFUCA

Followed by a Public Webinar on the theme of “Civil Society with the Pandemics”

 23 October 2021

 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Opening Ceremony of the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of WFUCA was held online on 23 October 2021. The Ceremony gathered over eighty people from all over the world, with the participation of high-level officials from UNESCO, representatives of the National Commissions for UNESCO, the Chairperson of NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, and many representatives and friends from the national federations and the regional federations of UNESCO Clubs and Associations.

Mr Jaykun YOO, the president of WFUCA, opened the ceremony and welcomed all participants. He thanked UNESCO and National Commissions for UNESCO for their constant support and thanked all members for their effort to bring the UNESCO Clubs Movement forward.

He then invited all participants to recall the history of the establishment of WFUCA through the release of an official video prepared by the WFUCA secretariat, entitled  “WFUCA in Archives 1981-2021”. The video gathered many precious pictures and documents marking important moments for WFUCA and its members, including the birth of the UNESCO Club Movement, the creation of WFUCA, its official partnership with UNESCO, its contribution to the promotion of UNESCO’s mandate, and the messages from previous Director Generals of UNESCO to WFUCA. To prepare the video, the Secretariat has invested a great deal of effort in collecting a large amount of information on the history of WFUCA, consulting the UNESCO Library and requesting valuable photographs and information from all national federations.

After reviewing the history of the establishment of WFUCA, the secretariat played a video message received from Mr. Firmin Edouard Matoko, Assistant Director General for Sector of Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO. Mr Matoko congratulated the achievement made by WFUCA and its members during the last forty years. He emphasized the importance of UNESCO clubs and associations in promoting the UNESCO mandate and mission at different levels. He ended his remarks by sending his best wishes for UNESCO Clubs Movement in the next decade.

Mr. Changwei Qin, Secretary General of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, was then invited to address the audience on behalf of all National Commission for UNESCO that has closely worked with WFUCA and its members. He expressed his congratulation on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of WFUCA, reviewed the flagship activities co-organized by WFUCA and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and suggested increasing the cooperation between different national and regional federations, using new technologies to lower the difficulty of running UNESCO Club activities, and further strengthening the relationship between National Federations and National Commissions for UNESCO in order to promote wider UNESCO Clubs Movement.

Whereafter, Mr. Bolat Akchulakov, President of the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs (KAZFUCA) and President of the Asian-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA) was invited to take the floor. He introduced the activities hold by KAZFUCA and AFUCA, highlighted the importance of youth in achieving the SDGs and the important role of UNESCO clubs in promoting the concept.

Mr Jaykun YOO thanked all the three speakers bring their wisdom and experiences to the audiences. He then closed the Opening Ceremony and invited all participants to join into the following Public Webinar on the theme of “Civil Society with the Pandemics”.

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The Public Webinar on the theme of “Civil Society with the Pandemics” was opened after a short break.

Mr Jaykun YOO welcomed the participants to the webinar and pointed out that despite the outbreak of the Pandemic bringing many difficulties to civil society, the UNESCO Clubs Movement had continued in many countries and regions under the effort made by the National Federations, Regional Federations, and the secretariat of WFUCA, and under support granted by UNESCO and relative National Commissions for UNESCO. The best practices of the members of WFUCA were then shared with all audiences.

Ms. Assel Utegenova, Deputy Coordinator of the National Commissions Unit, Priority Africa and External Relations Sector of UNESCO, was invited to give a remarks on the theme of “the collaboration of UNESCO with WFUCA and its members”. She briefly reviewed the work done by UNESCO in recent years in relation to UNESCO Clubs, stressed the importance of good partnership between National Federations of UNESCO Clubs and National Commissions for UNESCO, and called for the advancement of accreditation of UNESCO clubs and associations by the National Commission. She concluded by expressing her wishes for the success of the 10th WFUCA World Congress.

Mrs Inho LEE, Professor of Seoul National University, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Finland and Russia, and her assistant were then invited to give a keynote presentation of the webinar under the topic of “Civil Society with the Pandemics”. She noted that while the pandemic has created a crisis in today’s society, it has also opened up new opportunities for some sectors. She encouraged everyone to keep their faith in overcoming pandemics, just as human being has overcome diseases throughout history. At the same time, she pointed out that we are about to enter a new era of artificial intelligence that is different from the past and that will require us to adapt and accept these changes with great effort. And good civil consciousness and social norm will help our society to meet the new challenges.

 

Mr. Yue Du, Director of Priority Africa Coordination Division, Sector of Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO, was also invited to address the audiences and present UNESCO’s work on Priority Africa, as one of its global priorities which requires further attention for WFUCA and its members. Africa is full of potential continents and in order to achieve Sustainable development in Africa, international solidarity and cooperation is key to success. He pointed out that Priority Africa is a significant strategy of UNESCO and presented in more details of the Operational strategy for its implementation of Priority Africa and how it has evolved over the last decade or so. He finally called for more attention and helps for Africa and was confident that WFUCA, as an international NGO, would play an active role in working with the people of Africa.

Mr Davide GROSSO, Chairperson of the International Conference of NGO and the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee also joined the webinar and shared his views. He thanked the effort made by WFUCA in the last decades, recalled the fundamental role of NGOs facing the Pandemic and other challenges in achieving sustainable development Goals, and send his best wishes to WFUCA and its network for a prosperous future.

After the remarks made by the distinguished guest, Mr Jaykun YOO opened the floor and invited all participating members to share their experiences of activities during the outbreak of Pandemics.

Mr. Yuji SUZUKI, Director-General of National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) introduced that under the COVID-19 pandemic NFUAJ provided the necessary support for disadvantaged families and community people in 4 countries where the Terakoya Project were implemented, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Nepal, and Myanmar.

 

Two representative of youth, Ms Arailym Kerimbekova and Ms Zhumagazy Emina from Kazakhstan Nazarbayev Intellectual School UNESCO Club, presented three projects, named “Mind to mind (MTM)” educational-charitable project, the «Birgemiz Bilim» projects, and the «Tech Support 55+» project, which aimed at helping and supporting students with distance and mutual learning during a pandemic.

 

Italy National Federation of UNESCO Clubs (FICLU) shared the activities of FICLU’s Clubs and Centres during pandemics, including the National working group on “Resilience and Innovation” and “Cultural landscapes and emotions…at the time of Covid-19”, Training Activities, National and International Competitions, and Celebration of UNESCO International Days.

 

Mr. Enrique Renteria Castro, Director-General of INEDE (Mexico), introduced the activities and virtual classrooms carried in Mexico and in the Latin America and the region Caribbean.

 

Mr. Ioannis Maronitis, President of Club for UNESCO of Piraeus &Islands, exhibited the homeless rescue action carried out in Athens.

 

Mr. Mustapha Badreddine, President of Lebanese National Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations, Ms. Midibahaye Alice Soulama, President of African Confederation of UNESCO Clubs (CACU) as well as Mr. Ardiouma Sirima, President of French Federation of Clubs for UNESCO (FFCU) also briefly shared their respective activities carried out locally in respond to the pandemic.

Thanking all the information shared, Mr. Yoo closed the webinar and encouraged the members of WFUCA to continue their endeavour to promote UNESCO’s mandate through their activities in close collaboration with the National Commissions and invite more information to be shared with the WFUCA Secretariat.

 

Part II

IV Asia-Europe Forum on Education “Sustainable Development in Our Society”

 October 29-30, 2021

 The Asia-Europe Forum on Education was established in 2013 as an international gathering where such problems are specifically targeted. Participants are encouraged to share ideas, experiences and good practices regarding current educational methods. It is paramount that relevant personalities who are active in the educational field come together and discuss from a global perspective the contemporary dilemmas regarding educational ethics.

Constant, well-organized and efficacious dialogue is the only solution to the obstacles in education determined by issues such as economic globalization, computerization and ever-increasing cultural diversity.

The first edition of the forum, themed Ethics Education was hosted by the Huijia School in Beijing, China in 2013 and it was attended by a vast number of participants. The forum launched the Passport for Global Ethics, a groundbreaking document aimed at promoting ethical education on a global scale.

The second edition of the forum, themed The Multicultural Challenge, was hosted by the Jilin HuaQiao Foreign Languages University in China. The participants discussed the importance of promoting multicultural education and concrete ways of improving international communication regarding educational issues.

The third edition of the Asia-Europe Forum on Education was dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of UNESCO. The Third Edition of the AEFE is the first one to be hosted on European soil, namely in Bucharest, Romania from October 7-11, 2015.

The fourth installment, the IV Asia-Europe Forum on Education, took place online, facilitated by Kazakhstan, current President of the Asian-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations, and by Romania, current President of the European Federation of Clubs and Associations of UNESCO on October 29-30, 2021 themed “Sustainable Development in Our Society”.

The Forum gathered over 1,500 people from more than 35 countries, including members of the UNESCO Clubs Movement, representatives of UNESCO Headquarters and National Commissions for UNESCO, as well as participants from various international organizations, government agencies, scientific circles, private and non-governmental sectors. In addition, the Forum was recognized by the experienced, professional community and participants, and the importance and necessity of creating such platforms for the exchange of best practices in the field of education, in particular, integral, inclusive education, education for sustainable development, and lifelong learning, all of which promote development of society worldwide.

The main emphasis of the program was placed on the UN 2030 Agenda, where UNESCO plays a leading role in the field of education at global and regional levels. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, the organization endorses holistic and humanistic management of quality education around the world and the implementation of the universal right to education. In this regard, UNESCO advocates the idea of the central role of education in the development of human potential, society and economy. The Forum presented successful cases of Asian and European national federations of UNESCO clubs and associations aimed at promoting the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals through the implementation of educational projects for both the younger generation and the adult population.

The forum has repeatedly emphasized the importance and necessity of cooperation of all countries and the joint work of numerous partners to improve the efficiency of education systems at all levels and in any form (formal and non-formal education for children, youth and adults). Thanks to the tight cooperation of the public sector, government bodies and private business, projects and programs are being implemented that can help solve global problems and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals through education.

The creation of public goods, as well as the exchange of knowledge and experience in the regions, formed the basis of the Forum’s activities. At the final session, Forum participants voiced the importance of deepening multilateral and bilateral ties between countries and continents in the field of science and education, which makes it possible to overcome social and cultural barriers, and strengthen friendship between them through effective and useful cooperation. As a result of the Forum, participants had the opportunity to learn more about the activities of the clubs as partners of UNESCO, and the national federations received a stage for joint work by virtue of similar priorities and available projects for participation.

This final collection of publications serves as a roadmap for implementing best practices in the field of attaining sustainable development in our society.

The initiative to organize the Forum was proposed by Kazakhstan and Romanian Federations of UNESCO Clubs, and the organizers are the Asia-Pacific and European Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations with the support of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations, gathered with a purpose to create a platform to overview the interdependence between all spheres of development and share best practices on integrative and inclusive role of education in promoting sustainable development.

The event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the 75th anniversary of UNESCO, the 40th anniversary of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations.

The general partner of the IV Asia-Europe Forum on Education “Sustainable Development in Our Society” is Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO), which introduces new technologies and operates in accordance with global safety and environmental.

 

Part III

WFUCA 40th Anniversary Youth Forum

 November 5-7, 2021

 

On the occasion of the WFUCA 40th anniversary, the Korean National Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (KNFUCA) and World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) co-organized the WFUCA 40th Anniversary Youth Forum.

This forum is designed for youth (age from 13 to 18) who want to learn more about SDGs, especially about the climate change and culture. The participants are requested to come up with action plan, “Culture Changing the World”, to solve the issues regarding climate change from the learning and finding during the forum. After the forum ends, participants are expected to utilize the metaverse platform as a place for further discussion. The forum consists of the keynote speech, workshop, group discussion, and group presentation. This forum provides the participants opportunities to:

・   Learn about the overview of social issue, especially climate change and culture

・   Research about World Heritage

・   Discuss the relation between climate change and culture

・   Present “Culture Changing the World” by small groups as action plans to solve the issues regarding climate change

・   Issue “Youth Creating the Future: Climate Change and Culture” as an outcome of the forum

・   Encourage the participants to utilize metaverse platform for further discussion and communication with other participants

Due to COVID-19, this Youth Forum took place online by using metaverse platform called “Gathertown”. Metaverse is a term coined by writer Neal Stephenson in the novel “Snow Crash” which refers to an immersive digital environment where people interact as avatars.

 

Program of the “WFUCA 40th Anniversary Youth Forum”

Keynote Speech

Group workshop

Opinions from Participants

53 participants from 18 countries provided the answers of this survey.

 

Part IV

The Co-Creation, an International Game of Art

 October 15, 2021 – March 15, 2022

 

Painted by Banruo ZHANG (age 7)

 

Introduction

The “co-creation, an international Game of Art” is a joint initiative of the World Federation of UNESCO Associations (WFUCA) and the French-Chinese Association for the Promotion of Communication (ADEFC), an art exchange and interactive activity for international artists and children from China and other countries.

Since the project was launched, it has received the attention and welcome of many children’s art institutions and parents, and has established cooperation with more than 20 institutions one after another. Nearly 1,000 children from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Shandong, Shanxi, Guizhou and other provinces and cities have applied and have received nearly 700 pieces of exhibited works. From these imaginative and creative works, we deeply feel the children’s aspiration and enthusiasm for art, life and the future. Based on the current registration situation, it is estimated that nearly 2,000 more children will be registered by March 2022.

Along with the main competition unit, under the principles of tolerance, openness and diversity, three special units of “the temple of love”, “thinking map” and” you from the stars” were also implemented. Among them, “You from the Stars” is a public welfare unit for autistic groups, which aims to show the artworks of autistic children, stimulate their creative enthusiasm, and promote wider attention and assistance from the whole society to autistic groups. At present, this unit has cooperated with relevant public welfare organizations in Shanxi, Xiamen and other provinces and cities to collect works from local autistic children, and has carried out several offline creative activities one after another.

 

The Co-creation initiative has received widespread attention, and the response in domestic children’s aesthetic education, culture, art and other related fields has been tremendous. Especially in the context of the “double reduction” policy, this project plays an important role in promoting the diversified development of China’s children’s quality education and aesthetic education, and helping Chinese and foreign children’s art exchange.

 

Since its launch, the project has been reported by more than 30 media outlets, including People’s Daily Online, China.com, China.com, China News, China City, Sina, Netease, Tencent, Phoenix, and VW.com.

Online Gallery

An “Online Gallery” section has been set up on the event website, where you can view the children’s works at any time. Link to the online exhibition hall: http://www.lacocrea.com/home/show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

作者:陈骆骐(8岁)

作品:《蚂蚁王国》

编号: ZBJ2040

 

 

作者:仲若溪(7岁)                     作者:潘熙佳(13岁)

作品:《魔法森林里的精灵王国》            作品:《舞动的裙摆》

编号: ZBJ1009                            编号:ZSH2112

 

 

作者:孙文武(11岁)                       作者:付思阔(8岁)

作品:《抓住时间》                       作品:《皇宫里的秘密》

编号: ZBJ2087                         编号: ZBJ1036

 

 

作者:张馨然(9岁)                    作者:兰采壹(10岁)

作品:《三个世界》                       作品:《秘境》

编号: ZBJ2046                         编号: ZBJ2056

 

 

作者:毕瀚仪(12岁)                       作者:王辰瑜(9岁)

作品:《后天》                           作品:《境》

编号: ZBJ2016                         编号: ZBJ2094