The conference will take place online on Saturday June 5th, 2021 at 03:00 hrs PM CET (Paris)

UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established based on humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.

Since its founding, UNESCO has sought to collaborate with NGOs, which are fundamental civil society partners for the implementation of the Organization’s activities and programs. Over the years, UNESCO has built up a valuable network of cooperation with NGOs having an expertise in its fields of competence, i.e. education, science, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information.

CIOFF, the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts is an Official Partner of UNESCO, accredited to the UNESCO ICH Committee. Created in 1970, the duty of CIOFF is to safeguard, promote and spread traditional culture and folklore and to strengthen a real culture of Peace through its network of 120 countries and 400 international folk festivals. As for CIOFF, it is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million leaders in over 200 countries and territories who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

For 70 years, the Rotary Intercountry committees (ICC) have help Rotarians to create bridges of friendship, foster peace, and facilitate cooperation between different cultures and improve understanding among nations.

Consistent with the RI Strategic plan, ICCs provide significant support to all programs of Rotary International and of the Rotary Foundation by expanding Rotary service, and carrying out large-scale projects which are increasing the effectiveness of international in the Rotary area of focus and help increase Rotary membership development

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement, which works to transform the lives of women and girls. Its network of around 72,000 club members in 121 countries works at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. Soroptimist also promote peace, international understanding and development. As for, Soroptimist International; it celebrates its centenary in 2021.


03:00 - 03:10 hrs

Opening of the conference

Jean-Yves Le Saux
Davide Grosso

03:10 - 03:35 hrs

Session on Education and women empowerment

Education transforms lives and is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development. Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO and inextricably linked to its efforts to promote the right to education and support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the Education 2030 Framework for Action, SDG 5 is to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’

Marie Christine Gries
Sharon Fisher
Beverly Bucur

03:35 - 04:00 hrs

Session on Culture

In today’s interconnected world, culture's power to transform societies is clear. Its diverse manifestations – from our cherished historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary art forms – enrich our everyday lives in countless ways.

Philippe Beaussant
Tim Curtis
Dr AbdulAziz Almusallam
Alenka Klemencic
Marcel Zounon
Laura Lopez
Marie Christine Gries
Marcel Tilkin

04:00 - 04:30 hrs

Session on Promoting peace and understanding

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.

Laura Bourgeois
Holger Knaack
Judith Diment
Peter Kyle
Cyril Noirtin
Marie Christine Gries
Philippe Beaussant
Kyle Emile

04:30 - 04:35 hrs

Closing