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.


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.

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


 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”.


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)



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 News, China City, Sina, Netease, Tencent, Phoenix, and

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:











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


Mr. Mustapha Badreddine was elected as the new Acting President of WFUCA

During the 40th session of the Executive Board of WFUCA took place online on 5 December 2022, Mr. Mustapha Badreddine (Lebanon) was unanimously elected by the participating Executive Board members as the new Acting President of WFUCA, who will lead the Secretariat and the Executive Board in the preparation of the upcoming World Congress.
The Executive Board also decided that the World Congress will be held in the  Republic of Korea in 2023, generously hosted by the Korean National Federation of Associations and Clubs for UNESCO (KNFACU). The exact date and relevant document of the World Congress will be circulated to members in due time.

The Online Extraordinary Session of the Executive Board of WFUCA

The Extraordinary Session of the Executive Board of WFUCA was held on 5 February 2021 through online meeting.
In accordance to Article 8 of the Rules of Procedure of WFUCA, Mr Jaykun YOO (Republic of Korea) was elected anonymously by the Executive Board as the Acting President of WFUCA.
The Executive Board reviewed the report of the WFUCA Secretariat for 2019-2020 and discussed the implementation of the Regulatory Framework regarding Associations and Clubs for UNESCO and accepted Iran National Federation as a new member of WFUCA and will send this application to the next World Congress .

Document regarding the “Regulatory Framework” for UNESCO Executive Board 201th session

UNESCO has published the documents for its 210th sessions of Executive Board, in which the document 210EX/5.III.G “Follow-up to decisions and resolutions adopted by the Executive Board and the General Conference at their previous sessions, Part III: Management issues, G. Regulatory framework regarding Associations and Clubs for UNESCO” will be discussed.
Please find the document at this link, which is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese.


Dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

The Secretariat of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (WFUCA) is immensely sad to announce the sudden loss of our President of WFUCA, Mr Dhirendra Bhatnagar, who has left for his heavenly abode, on Sunday 17 May 2020, in Delhi, India, at the age of 65.

Born in 1954, Mr Bhatnagar, a prominent lawyer in India, dedicated his entire life in the field of UNESCO Club activities and promotion of programmes related to UNESCO and United Nations.

Having been actively associated with UNESCO Clubs movement in India and the Asia Pacific region since 1987, Mr Bhatnagar organized a number of National and Regional Training Programs, Seminars, and Workshops on important topics in the fields of UNESCO’s competence, particularly on Peace Education, World Heritage, Human Rights, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Education For All, International Understanding etc. Over the years, he wrote and published several books and articles to promote UNESCO’s programmes, including the production of a feature film “Babloo Ke Sapne” (Dreams of Babloo) to motivate out of school children.

Before being elected as the President of WFUCA, Mr Bhatnagar had been making contributions for years as Executive Board Member of WFUCA and the Vice President of Asia Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations (AFUCA).

In his capacity as President of WFUCA since July 2015, despite the difficult time we have been facing, Mr Bhatnagar has been leading WFUCA’s work and development, and devoted his efforts to strengthen the communication and collaboration with UNESCO and among members.

Under his leadership and guidance, several key events were organized in collaboration with members and UNECSO, such as the 70th anniversary of UNESCO’s clubs movement in 2017 and the International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads in 2019. He also devoted to reinforcing the relationship between WFUCA and UNESCO though constant dialogue, meetings and information sharing, and led the process of amendment of WFUCA’s Constitution. This enabled WFUCA to maintain its presence in UNESCO Headquarters, to maintain its regional federations, and to involve in UNESCO’s participation programme. Mr Bhatnagar also showed support by actively participating in the meetings and activities organized by the member federations and stakeholders around the world. Even until most recently, Mr Bhatnagar was working to propose initiative to UNESCO and mobilize joint efforts to combat the global pandemic.

Mr Bhatnagar’s enthusiasm, leadership, wisdom and true humbleness in his character has made him a most appreciated colleague and friend among us. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered as the exemplary man he was.

We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, son, daughter, and all his family and friends.

Yours sincerely,

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs,
Centres and Associations

The Extraordinary Session of the Executive Board of WFUCA, Paris, France

The Extraordinary Session of the Executive Board of WFUCA was held on 12 August 2019 in Paris, France. During this session, the Executive Board members worked together and proposed a revised version of the Constitution of WFUCA, which will be submitted to the next World Congress for adoption. The meeting also introduced the progress made regarding the implementation of the “Regulatory Framework regarding Associations, Centres and Clubs for UNESCO” in different countries; discussed and adopted the postponement of the next World Congress considering the difficult circumstance we are currently facing.

The Executive Board member visited the UNESCO Secretariat on the following day and exchanged with the officials of the PAX Sector.

The Third International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads

The International Youth Forum (Hereinafter: “IYF”) is an annual grand gathering of youth which was initiated by UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO since 2017. The third International Youth Forum (Hereinafter: “IYF3”) was organized as a follow-up to and building on the successes of the first two IYFs held in Changsha and Quanzhou in April 2017, and in Changsha and Nanjing in May 2018. The World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (Hereinafter: “WFUCA”) co-organized the third forum in 2019.

The IYF3 on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads was held in again in two cities, namely Changsha and Nanjing, from 31 March to 5 April 2019, focusing on the theme of “Youth Creativity and innovation in the age of Media Arts”. The forum gathered 125 young women and men aged between 18 to 30 from 85 countries along the Silk Roads and beyond. Over 60 participants came from countries along the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads in Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe. In line with UNESCO’s Global Priority for Africa, the number of participants from African countries was doubled to 20. Meanwhile, a further 40 participants came from the host country, China.

Throughout the IYF3, participants gained first-hand experience and knowledge through a series of discussions, field visits and interactions with professionals, entrepreneurs, government officials as well as youth leaders. Furthermore, they discussed how creativity and heritage drives inclusive, sustainable and meaningful development. IYF3 also enabled young participants to contribute their own wisdom to realising SDGs, particularly though emphasis on power of culture, heritage and literature.

Key events of IYF3

1. The Opening Ceremony and Creative Pyrotechnical Lighting Show

  • Mr Hu Henghua, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee, Secretary-General of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee gave an opening remark at the forum.
  • Ms Marielza Oliveira, Representative and Director of the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office; Mr Qin Changwei, Secretary-General of the National Commission of China for UNESCO; Ms Kristeena Monteith, Young Leader for the SDGs gave their speech respectively.

2. High-Level Forum on the theme of “Youth Creativity and Innovation in the Age of Media Arts”

The Forum brought together senior officials from UNESCO as well as representatives of city managers or focal points within the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) to showcase the latest development of Creative Cities. Interactive dialogues were carried out between experts and participants focusing on roles that youth could play in achieving sustainable development through the emphasis on creativity as an engine of innovation and technological change.

Mr Qu Xing, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, sent a video message to this forum.

The participants below attended the High-Level Forum and shared their opinion on this topic.

  • Mr Zhang Yanbin, Director of Social Development Bureau, Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee;
  • Mr Ou Xiaoli, Director of Social Development Bureau, National Development and Reform Commission;
  • Ms Marielza Oliveira, Representative and Director of the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office;
  • Mr Gao Shan, Member of Standing Committee of CPC Changsha Committee, Director-General of Changsha Publicity Department;
  • Mr Marcel Gibóda, Deputy Mayor of Kosice, Slovakia;
  • Ms Denise Bax, Chief of the Cultural Policies and Development Entity;
  • Ms Sharon Petti, Filmmaker and Co-owner My One;
  • Mr Jia Linyuan, Director of Public Affairs at ByteDance.

3. Youth Panel Discussion: Protecting Heritage and Fostering Creativity: the role of Culture in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

4. Discussion and draft of the “Changsha Initiative”

The participants collectively drafted the “Changsha Initiative” in which they have reaffirmed themselves as a positive and constructive force in achieving Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted ten concrete recommendations for actions in three consensus areas. As an action-oriented outcome document of IYF3, Changsha Initiative was officially adopted by the forum and published by UNESCO.

5. Concluding Session of International Youth Forum

Multi-media assisted interactive sessions between moderator and youth participants. During this activity, IYF3 participants had the opportunity to share their opinions about their experiences during the past week. The objective is for this activity to be fast, fun, and spontaneous.

6. Closing Ceremony

  • Performance
  • Remarks by Ms Marielza Oliveiria,  Director of  UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing
  • Remarks by Mr Yubiao Shen, Representative of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO
  • Remarks by Mr Dhirendra Bhatnagar, President of WFUCA
  • Remarks by Representative of Nanjing municipal government; announcement of the closing of IYF3

Side events during the third International Youth Forum

1. Discussion with WFUCA’s representatives

WFUCA sent its delegation to participate in the International Youth Forum and had an in-depth discussion with the IYF3 participants. During the session, WFUCA’s representatives introduced the history of UNESCO and its mandate; the UNESCO Clubs movements all over the world; and how young people can participate in the UNESCO Clubs movements, including how to initiate a UNESCO Club in their country. Many youths expressed their enthusiasm for participating in UNESCO Clubs activities.

WFUCA’s representatives including:

  • Mr Dhirendra Bhatnagar, President;
  • Mr Mustapha Badreddine, Vice-President;
  • Mr Enrique Renteria Castro, Vice-President;
  • Mr Noboru Noguchi, Senior Advisor;
  • Mr Liangeng Dong, Executive Director of the Secretariat.

2. Creative Workshop

This workshop introduced the Changsha Residency Programme to all IYF3 participants and provided an opportunity for them to communicate directly with artists, entrepreneurs and participants.


  • Mr NUNO FILIPE MAGALHÃES SANTOS, media artist from Braga
  • Mr LIM YONGHYUN, media artist from Gwangju
  • Ms ODIN-ADI SHADMI, media artist from Tel-aviv
  • Mr Boris Vaitovič, media artist from Košice
  • Mr Wan Wenqi, media artist from York
  • Seven Changsha Residency Programme participants to share their art proposals

3. Opening Ceremony of Caribbean Film Festival

The Caribbean Film Festival was an opportunity to foster greater understanding among the peoples of the Caribbean and IYF3 participants and to promote Caribbean cultural & creative industries.

Documentary entitled “Finding Samuel Lowe From Harlem to China” was screened at the opening ceremony.

4. Field Visit

1) Traditional Pottery Making Practices

Pottery making, as an intangible cultural heritage, involves the production of hand-made clay vessels and other objects, involving knowledge connected with the preparation of materials, the use of tools, design and decoration skills, and the firing of products. Participants were introduced to traditional production techniques and have an opportunity for some hands-on excercises.

2) Visit to National Centre of Book Repair in Nanjing

Participants visited the National Centre of Book Repair and interacted with “Book Doctors” who have thorough knowledge of the different types of paper used in ancient books and understand the art of making ancient books. During these interactive sessions, participants learned the traditional book making techniques and have an opportunity to try it by themselves.

3) Visit to Nanjing Imperial Weaving Museum

The Nanjing Yunjin Brocade weaving skill was inscribed in 2009 on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Participants learned the techniques applied through ancient wooden looms to make brocade, and experience the intangible heritage in person on a loom model.