Youth are a priority group for UNESCO, youth engagement and empowerment are emphasized in UNESCO strategic documents – C/5C/4UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth – and throughout UNESCO programmes. Young people play important role in sustainability and peacebuilding. They are essential actors and change-makers, ready to take action and leadership, to find solutions and to tackle the issues of today and of the future.

Further information on UNESCO Youth Programme can be found here and UNESCO Youth Facebook page here.

Model UN Programme

The main contribution of youth to Estonian National Commission for UNESCO associated activities is the organizing of annual Estonian Model UN (EstMUN) programme of Estonian ASPnet. Developed in 2011, the Programme consists of a preparation seminar for local high school students, three one-day mini-models in Estonian schools and an international three-day Model UN event. The international event takes place in April and welcomes participants from the countries around the Baltic Sea and elsewhere in Europe. EstMUN programme is co-designed and co-organised by the youth and Estonian ASPnet coordinator NGO Mondo. EstMUN themes are selected by organizers based on current UN, UNESCO and Estonian foreign policy and development cooperation priorities. Since 2015, the selection of themes issues, among other, from UN Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.