UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, meets every two years in Paris during a General Conference, which aims to define the UNESCO’s program and adopt its budget for the next two years. The 41st session of the General Conference was held from November 9th to 24th this year, marking the 75th anniversary of the Organization. During the meeting, AIC, which has a Consultative Status at UNESCO, shared its field experience in supporting people living in poverty. The AIC representative Isabelle Chaperon took the floor during the plenary meeting of the General Policy Debate.
Her address to Member States focused on two AIC priorities. A first priority is fighting against different forms of violence, through actions to prevent and raise awareness, but also to support victims. A second priority is supporting the elderly, to whom we must give a central role in intergenerational processes, one of dialogue, mutual care and transmission of traditions. Ms Chaperon highlighted AIC’s will to contribute to reinforcing cooperation between Member States and with the sectors of UNESCO. Insisting on the importance of such cooperation, she noted:
“The contribution of civil society and its field expertise are more important than ever in order to adjust big ideas to what people are experiencing, especially those who are most in need and vulnerable. The dignity of every human being is at stake.”
A video of AIC’s speech is available in French (see below). An English translation of the speech is also available.