Youth are the most dynamic group in contemporary society, full of creativity, entrepreneurial ideas, and imagination which aids in the ability to advance meaningful change. The objectives of the International Youth Forum are to give youth a chance to state their interests and voice on advancing creativity, heritage, and literature for development, and to mobilize their increased involvement in the cultural and creative industries, as well as in the protection and promotion of our common heritage.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 acknowledges the key role of culture, emphasizing the function of heritage and creativity in order to solve sustainable development challenges. Approximately 80 delegates are expected to participate in IYF2 – 40 from Silk Roads countries in Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe, and 40 delegates from China.
Participants are invited to apply via various channels, including those of UNESCO. Candidates will be selected based on objective criteria such as years of experience implementing projects in the cultural and creative industries, or in heritage protection or safeguarding. Gender consideration will be a factor in the selection process to ensure equal representation. Senior Officials from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, as well as other leading figures, will be invited to deliver brief, a dynamic presentation on the themes of “Advancing Creativity for Development” and “Creativity and Literature Forum”.