2023 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads: Voices from Youth

| 08 17, 2023

The International Youth Forum (IYF) on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk Roads is an annual forum initiated by UNESCO, the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, local governments in China, and the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres, and Associations (WFUCA), since 2017. The past Forums have gathered over 600 young participants from 137 countries, creating space for intercultural dialogue among youth from countries especially along the terrestrial and maritime Silk Roads.

From June 26th to 30th, Changsha and Nanjing, as hosts of 2023 IYF, welcomed 95 outstanding young representatives (45 females) from 61 countries to explore, share and exchange on the theme "Youth Engagement in Promoting Cultural Diversity and Inclusion."


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  2023 International Youth Forum on Creativity and Heritage along the Silk RoadsVoices from Youth


The enthusiasm and fervour of the young participants were palpable as they delved into thought-provoking discussions centred around two crucial topics: "My hometown, my culture along the Silk Roads" and "Cultural Inheritance and Innovation in the Context of Cultural Diversity." Throughout these inspiring sessions, stories of cultural pride, heritage preservation, and innovative endeavours unfolded, creating an unforgettable tapestry of cultural vibrancy.


Passacho Khawdee from Thailand wowed the audience with her captivating fusion of Chinese songs performed on a traditional Thai instrument.


Sara Boudaoud from Morocco moved hearts with her soulful wishes for peace and her relentless efforts as a cultural entrepreneur, using the power of dance to celebrate community resilience.


Soklina Nov from Cambodia showcased her artwork featuring elements of the Mekong River, temples, and palm trees, illustrating the dissemination of her hometown's culture.


Hans Tembele from Cameroon delivered a poignant message about the urgency of safeguarding our cultural heritage, highlighting the need for collective action.


Sarius Monique from Guyana touched hearts with her commitment to amplifying rural voices and preserving living heritage from her own indigenous community called Orealla, shining a spotlight on the significance of traditional craftsmanship.


The Youth Sharing Session was a melting pot of creativity, cultural appreciation, and innovation, reflecting the spirit of unity and inclusivity that the Silk Roads embody. It was a powerful testament to the power of youth to bridge cultural divides, embrace diversity, and forge a shared future based on mutual respect and understanding.


As the 2023 IYF Youth Sharing Session drew to a close, the impact of these inspiring young leaders will ripple far beyond the confines of the forum. Their unwavering dedication to promoting cultural diversity and fostering inclusive communities will undoubtedly inspire others to follow suit.


The 2023 IYF leaves behind an indelible mark of unity, understanding, and shared aspirations for a more harmonious and culturally diverse world, and envisions a future that celebrates cultural heritage, embraces innovation, and builds bridges across nations and generations.


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