Proponent:    National Coordinating Body of Clubs for UNESCO in the Philippines, Inc. (NCBCUP)

Date:    November 29 - December 1, 2024

Venue:    City State Asturias Hotel Palawan, Puerto Princesa City

Theme:    “Empowering Communities through UNESCO Initiatives: Advancing Science and Technology, Culture, Creativity and Lifelong Learning”

 Rationale:    14th Year Convention of the National Coordinating Body of Clubs for UNESCO in the Philippines

UNESCO’s preamble highlights the need to build peace in the minds of women and men as wars begin in the same mental faculties of people. Accordingly, peace has to be instilled in various elements of society: through inclusive education, through a scientific discourse, through the arts and culture of nations alongside its heritage, through a functional human rights system, and through full freedom of expression. The message of UNESCO is, “of increasing importance today, in a globalized world where interconnectedness and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women.”

Emphasizing this message, Clubs for UNESCO across the world bear that unique mandate of starting the change at the grassroots, attaining the goals one simple action at a time. Individually, Clubs for UNESCO are exceptional in their mechanisms of delivering programs and projects. Collectively, through the National Coordinating Body of Clubs for UNESCO in the Philippines, Inc. (NCBCUP), Clubs for UNESCO build and fortify the pillars of growth and development towards a sustainable, peaceful, and just society.


The present youth generation is confronted with unprecedented challenges brought about by health, educational, economic, environmental, and social crises. In the advent of various problems concerning unemployment, violence, pollution, poverty, corruption, illiteracy, war, terrorism, and even natural disasters; the youth of today take the center stage of global attention as the most vulnerable sector and the prime players of positive change and sustainable development.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres accentuated that young people are on the frontlines of the struggle to build a better future for all. Accordingly, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the dire need for this kind of transformational change the United Nations seeks – and young people must be full partners in that effort.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has not halted its diligent efforts to sustain the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. UNESCO has been pursuing sustainable development initiatives through grassroots actions involving the youth.

In the Philippines, the NCBCUP has been working with the Filipino youth as active players in pursuing advocacy-driven endeavors on the local, regional, national, and even international scale. As it celebrates its 14th founding anniversary as the biggest and largest network of Clubs for UNESCO in the country, NCBCUP sustains the annual gathering of youth advocates and young leaders through the International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO (Y4U) 2024 on November 29 - December 1 with the theme: “Empowering Communities through UNESCO Initiatives: Advancing Science and Technology, Culture, Creativity and Lifelong Learning.”

Y4U 2024 will certainly ignite the interests of youth leaders and youth advocates towards service by keeping them abreast with the current challenges in the global and local context and casting inspiration from the World Heritage Convention. They will also be engaged in policy developments through the convergence sessions to craft national action plans for the promotion, protection, and preservation of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. Finally, Y4U participants will also be empowered to strengthen camaraderie and collaboration with the rest of the Clubs for UNESCO through various academic and non-academic competitions such as National Debate Cup, Quiz Bowl, Spoken Word, Poster Making, and Essay Writing.


The conference will bring together 500 members of Clubs for UNESCO and potential Clubs for UNESCO in the country to attain the following objectives:

1. To be an avenue for youth mentoring, dialogue, and peer collaborations within the context of UNESCO’s mandate and the World Heritage Convention;

2. draft a key document that embodies the ideas and action plans of the general assembly and the participants which, when adopted, will be submitted to the National Commission for UNESCO and;

3. to strengthen the Clubs for UNESCO’s intrinsic mandate of being grassroots  change makers, empowering them to carry on the challenge of localizing efforts anchored on regional, national, and international declarations, with a focus on advancing science and technology, culture, creativity, and lifelong learning within communities


The International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO will be a face-to-face conference with the following features: