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8 November 2023
UNESCO Headquarters
Europe/Paris timezone

On 8 November 2023, UNESCO will discuss the role of education in building lasting peace with young people, artists and key education officials from around the world.

Flags Room I


Building the defences of peace in the minds of men and women through education is at the heart of UNESCO's mandate and mission. Pursuing this objective in our era requires adapting to new demands and addressing the most pressing contemporary challenges.

After the Opening of the Education Commission at the 42nd session of UNESCO's General Conference, this High-level event will bring together voices from around the world to discuss what quality and relevant education needs to look like today to bring about real and lasting peace. 

The event will begin with a segment that will include a conversation with the world-acclaimed artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. In conversation with a journalist at France Télévisions, Pistoletto will share his thoughts on the meaning of peace in the contemporary world and ways to make it a reality for current and future generations of learners. 

This discussion will be followed by the "Youth for Peace Award", international school competition organised by France TV in partnership with UNESCO. Seven classes will win the prize this year for their paintings, videos, music and other art forms. It is expected that Marina Picasso, granddaughter of Pablo Picasso and chair of the jury, will be present.

In the second part of the event, Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, will give the floor to ministers who will speak about how they envisage education playing an active role in building lasting peace, national good practices in this respect, challenges and lessons learned from implementation and opportunities to do more to promote lasting peace through education. 

Ministerial statements should not exceed 3 min. 

To request a speaking slot for the Ministerial segment, you are invited to contact Lydia Ruprecht at l.ruprecht@unesco.org copying gced@unesco.org

Programme of the event

UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Opening of the Education Commission
  • Welcome
  • Dialogue with Michelangelo Pistoletto and a journalist with France Télévisions
  • Award ceremony of the "Youth for Peace Award" international school competition
  • Ministerial statements
  • Closing
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
Fontenoy/Floor: RdC-Room/Salle II
125 de Avenue Suffren, Paris, 75007

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