Fully Funded UNESCO MGIEP World Youth Conference on Kindness 2019

UNESCO MGIEP World Youth Conference on Kindness 2019

To inspire societal change through the power of kindness, there is a need to give agency to the 1.8 billion people of the world – the youth. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, in commemoration of his 150th birth anniversary celebration, the UNESCO MGIEP is organising the first World Youth Conference on Kindness from August 20 to 23, 2019 in New Delhi, India on the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’ which aims to provide young people with a global platform where they can actively engage with decision-makers towards finding innovative ways of propagating non-violence as a way to resolve conflicts.

The World Youth Conference on Kindness envisages to be the premier annual event, which provides an innovative, engaging and inspiring platform to global youth leaders and policy makers to come together and strive to discover ground-breaking pathways for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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UNESCO MGIEP along with partners is calling all passionate, enthusiastic, dedicated and proactive young leaders, influencers, social entrepreneurs, researchers, facilitators, filmmakers, community organisers, activists, volunteers and campaigners who are working to attain the Sustainable Development Goals!

  • Are you a youth leader between 18 to 35 years?
  • Do you have a remarkable transformative story of an Act of Kindness contributing to global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
  • Do you wish to contribute to the global conversation on youth and the SDGs?
  • Do you wish to be selected for a high level panel dialogue with senior leaders and policy makers?
  • Do you wish to be selected to be part of an international cohort for training on social and emotional learning?

Travel Sponsorship

Limited number of applicants will receive travel sponsorship, with special preference given to applications from developing countries. UNESCO MGIEP will provide roundtrip air tickets between the participants’ nearest airport and New Delhi, India as well as accommodation and meals. Please note that participants are responsible for their domestic transportation, visa application and traveler’s insurance. If you can cover your
roundtrip airfares, please check the box in the application form. Accommodation and meals will be provided to all selected participants.

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To Apply

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You will need to share the following information as part of the application process, so please keep at hand:

  • Your contact details and personal information
  • A 3-minute video explaining why we should choose you! Please upload this as a private video to YouTube and share the private link with us in the application form

Deadline: June 30 2019 (1700 hrs IST)

Selection Criteria

  • Age: 18 to 35 years as on August 1, 2016
  • Kindness story: a powerful kindness story on SDGs
  • Area of expertise: working on SDGs, especially SDG 4.7, education, social and emotional learning, ESD, GCED, peace education, non-violence, youth engagement, policy influence, peace and conflict resolution and related fields and be able to show evidence of achievements
  • Demonstrate: prior experience of participating in policy engagement, social action projects, innovative education projects and campaigns, and an interest in peace building, nonviolence and SDGs, either in youth, community or workplace settings.
  • Active: must be actively/currently involved in the ‘area of profession/expertise listed in bullet pt. 3
  • Available: must be available for active and engaging online discussion starting June 10, 2019 and to do an online course on SEL from July 10, 2019
  • Influential: Highly influential and able to mobilize grassroots youth and community stakeholders in hundreds for acts of kindness. The selection to be part of the 100, and most importantly, the high level panel speakers will be on the basis of how much an applicant has mobilized fellow youth in his or her community
  • Diversity: Geographic, gender, age, and sector diversity will be considered

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed of the selection results via email in first week of July 2019

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