UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest 2022

Photo ContestYouth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 17 July 2022.

The annual Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest offers an exciting opportunity for young people from all over the world to capture their understanding of the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through the lens of their camera. As the visual arts, and in particular photography, are so often used by today’s youth as a powerful tool for communication and self-expression, images have the potential to play a significant role in raising awareness of the key issues facing our contemporary world and help promote peace and understanding. The photo contest provides an opportunity for young people to connect with one another in a digital space and share their creativity and vision for our future.

The Silk Roads are an expansive region composed of a network of maritime and land routes. Originating in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia the Silk Roads cross the Central Asian sub-continent, the Russian steppe, the Iranian and Anatolian plateaus, and the Arabian Peninsula. They also stretch through North Africa and Northeast Africa, from Tanzania to Morocco. Additionally, they pass through Eastern and Southern Europe, before reaching France and the Iberian Peninsula. Please see the map here

The Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest is an opportunity for young people who live or have travelled within these regions to share their perceptions and further their understanding of the common cultural heritage and pluralistic identities emerging from the interactions and exchanges taking place along the Silk Roads. The contest encourages the use of photography to extend these cultural interactions and encounters in the contemporary world, to foster mutual understanding and promote peace amongst the diverse populations encompassed by the Silk Roads.

The contest is divided into two age categories: 14-17 year olds, and 18-25 year olds. For the 4th edition of the contest this year participants are invited to submit their photographs that best encapsulate the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through the two themes of ‘Faith and Spiritualities’, and ‘Living Together’. Examples of some of the very best photographs from the previous contests can be found here.

UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2022

Silk Roads Youth Research Grant, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 31 May 2022.

The call for proposals for the second edition of the Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is now open. As part of the Silk Roads Programme’s ongoing work to better understand the rich history and shared legacy and spirit of the Silk Roads, UNESCO, with the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, launched the ‘Silk Roads Youth Research Grant’ in 2021 within the framework of the Social and Human Sciences Sector. The second edition has been launched on 1 March 2022.

This initiative, which aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage, will award 12 research grants to young women and men under 35 years of age. Grant applicants are invited to address areas of academic study which relate to the shared heritage and plural identities of the Silk Roads, as well as its internal diversity, and potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and ultimately sustainable peace and development.

UNESCO: Programme Coordinator Migration (France)

“JobProgramme Coordinator for Migration, Displacement, Emergencies & Education, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 5 February 2022.

Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General, Education, guidance from the Director, Division for Education 2030, and direct supervision from the Chief of Section for Migration, Displacement, Emergencies and Education, the incumbent coordinates UNESCO’s strategic engagement in the areas of migration, displacement, emergencies, and education in the frameworks of SDG-Education 2030 Agenda and the Futures of Education and in alignment with the Global Compacts for Refugees and for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and other global instruments through positioning the Organization at the global level and providing technical support and advice at the regional and national levels through/with the Field Offices and Institutes. S/he engages in key global mechanisms, such as the Geneva Global Hub, INEE, and ensures UNESCO’s visibility and substantive intellectual and technical contributions. Also s/he conceptualizes and delivers global initiatives of UNESCO’s comparative advantage from funding proposals to design to reporting in close coordination and collaboration with the Education Sector, other Sectors, Field Offices and Institutes. In addition, s/he may lead a team of colleagues on particular thematic areas, evaluating progress and performance. Moreover, s/he provides strategic advice and technical support to enhancing UNESCO’s operations in the Field.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

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UNESCO. (2021). UNESCO recommendation on open science. Paris, France: UNESCO. (Also available in French and Spanish.)

This report was adopted unanimously by 193 UNESCO member states in November 2021.

Open dialogue with other knowledge systems refers to the dialogue between different knowledge holders, that recognizes the richness of diverse knowledge systems and epistemologies and diversity of knowledge producers in line with the 2001 UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. It aims to promote the inclusion of knowledge from traditionally marginalized scholars and enhance inter-relationships and complementarities between diverse epistemologies, adherence to international human rights norms and standards, respect for knowledge sovereignty and governance, and the recognition of rights of knowledge holders to receive a fair and equitable share of benefits that may arise from the utilization of their knowledge. (p. 15)

(See also the related International Science Council publication Science as a global public good, issued in 2020, which set the stage by arguing that “The social contract is shifting to one in which science is open to society: transparent and participative” (p. 20). Both publications emphasize the need for intercultural and international dialogues among knowledge workers.)

UNESCO Futures of Education Report Issued


UNESCO Futures of Education Commission. (2021). Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education. Paris, France: UNESCO.

UNESCO launched its Futures of Education Initiative in September 2019. Drawing on extensive consultations, the International Commission has just released their final report, Reimagining Our Futures Together: a new social contract for education. The brief overview of their conclusions is here. Most critically, they conclude that: “we need a new social contract for education that can repair injustices while transforming the future. This new social contract must be grounded in human rights and based on principles of non-discrimination, social justice, respect for life, human dignity and cultural diversity. It must encompass an ethic of care, reciprocity, and solidarity. It must strengthen education as a public endeavour and a common good.”

Among other comments in the report, those most directly related to CID are probably these:

The world is rich in multicultural and multi-ethnic societies and education should promote intercultural citizenship. Beyond learning about the value of diversity, education should promote the skills, values and conditions needed for horizontal, democratic dialogue with diverse groups, knowledge systems and practices. The basis for intercultural citizenship is the affirmation of one ́s cultural identities. Knowing who you are is the starting point for respecting others. (p. 53). . .Education at its best is a collective process that acknowledges the value of peer and intergenerational as well as intercultural learning. (p. 134)

[CID was one of the organizations consulted by the initiative, and is acknowledged in the report; see the CID Report for UNESCO Futures of Education for the conclusions of 3 focus groups we organized at their request.]

Update as of March 2022: Reimagining our futures together is available in English and French, with the Executive Summary also available in Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese.

UNESCO Futures of Education Report Coming

“UNESCO”UNESCO Futures of Education initiative: Launch of the Report will occur 10 November 2021 1:30-2:30 CET (Webinar open to the public and broadcast in multiple languages).

UNESCO launched its Futures of Education initiative at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2019. Chaired by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Madame Sahle- Work Zewde, an International Commission of thought-leaders from the worlds of politics, academia, the arts, science, business, and education, undertook a broad, inclusive global engagement effort involving educators, youth, researchers, governments, business and civil society. [Read basic information about the Futures of Education Initiative. CID was one of the organizations consulted; read the CID Report for UNESCO Futures of Education, sharing the results of 3 focus groups we organized at their request.]

Drawing on their extensive consultations, the International Commission has prepared a Report that will be the third in a series of UNESCO global reports on the future of education. The Commission’s Report, Reimagining Our Futures Together: a new social contract for education, will be officially launched at UNESCO’s 41st General Conference.

This launch event will present the key ideas and recommendations of the new flagship report to Member States, and initiate the mobilization of the global education community and UNESCO strategic partners to take forward the global debate and action on the Futures of Education. The event will be livestreamed to the general public in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Please click here to join the livestream of the event.

Film Competition: African Folktales Reimagined

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Short Film competition, African Folktales, Reimagined, UNESCO and Netflix. Deadline: November 14, 2021.


Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. Specifically, each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of Netflix and industry mentors to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the 6 winners will also receive US$25,000.

One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. Organizers want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) as well as links to a recent CV and a portfolio/evidence of any past audiovisual work they have produced.

Additional press coverage by The Guardian, and Variety.

World Teachers’ Day Oct 5 2021

EventsWorld Teachers’ Day: Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery, October 5, 2021. Sponsored by UNESCO, UNICEF, International Labour Organization, and Education International.

World Teachers' Day 2021

We honor all the teachers who follow the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. This has been a difficult year and a half for so many. Take a moment to pause, and appreciate all that has been accomplished despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

For those who have the time, World Teachers’ Day celebrations will take place from 4 to 8 October 2021.

UNESCO: Reporting on Migrants and Refugees (Handbook)

“UNESCO”UNESCO. (2021). Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators. Paris, France: UNESCO.

This handbook enables journalism educators worldwide to address one of the challenges of the 21st century – migration and refugee matters. In a set of thirteen modules, journal-ism educators are provided with a comprehensive curriculum. It covers all aspects needed to train analysis, research, presentation, marketing, and ethics of migration coverage.

The handbook is unique as it comprises results of communication studies as well as political and social sciences. It has been developed by an international and cross-cultural group of media researchers, media educators and media practitioners. (p. iii)

Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators is published as part of the UNESCO Series on Journalism Education, and is available in Open Access.

UNESCO: Communications Consultant in Gender and Education (France)


Communications Consultant (Gender and Education), UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 15 September, 2021.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division for Education 2030 and the Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, and the direct supervision of the Communication Officer on one part and the Liaison Officer for the Joint Program on the other part, the Contractor will support the digital and audio-visual communication efforts of the Section and the visibility efforts of the Joint Program (from 1 September to 30 December 2021). Among other duties, the successful candidate will help to implement the digital communication plan and update/improve it as needed based on upcoming landmarks and events, including a working list of outputs and timeline. Required qualifications include, but are not limited to, advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communications, media/journalism, political science, social science or a related field. No less than two years of experience developing, producing, disseminating and monitoring creative communication and digital content, of which preferably one year at international level. Excellent knowledge of both English and French.

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