The Youth for a United World (Y4UW) from Slovenia, Mexico, Czech Republic and Ivory Coast met with the UNESCO National Commissions
After France and Uruguay, it was Slovenia’s, Czech Republic’s, Mexico’s and Ivory Coast’s turn to hold their meetings. We are referring to last month’s Youth for a United World meetings with the respective national commissions for UNESCO. Here are some excerpts of what they have written to us.
From the Czech Republic: “On 30th May, we met with the UNESCO National Commission in Prague. We were received by the responsible, Dr. Michaela Andresová and in a very open and sincere atmosphere, we presented ourselves explaining the United World Project and how we live for universal brotherhood with young people from all over the world. We also presented our projects in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Michaela Andresová listened to us very attentively and at the end, she requested us to keep in touch and update her regularly on all that we are doing and especially with regards to the progress of the United World Project.”
From Slovenia: “On 30th May, Tina, Ana, Domen and Mihela met with Dr. Marjutka Hafner, Secretary General of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO. It was a friendly meeting, in which Dr. Marjutka Hafnersi expressed her keen interest in what we are doing and her conviction for the need of dialogue and building of bridges with all persons. She was surprised to know that we had already received the patronage from UNESCO central office in Paris (Genfest, ed.).
We have briefly explained who we are and where the project started from. Before we ended our meeting, she also told us how happy she was to learn of the United World Project Observatory. It was her longstanding desire to spread positive news.
She also offered the greatest willingness to support those initiatives which we believe appropriate for this project and to help us out if we need to spread it.”
From Mexico: “During our meeting on 24th May with Dr. Guerrero, responsible for the Inter-Institutional Relationships for UNESCO office in Mexico, we presented the United World Project. He was very happy to see young people who wanted to do something for others, adding: ‘in these days, it’s not so easy to meet young people like you.’”
From the Ivory Coast: “On 30th April, the Youth for a United World have been received by Professor Bamba Lou Mathieu, General Secretary of the National Commission for Ivory Coast.
"Professor Bamba highlighted the strong connection between all the work carried out by UNESCO and the values that the Focolare Movement seeks to promote. He expressed his willingness to work together, now and in the future, hoping for a greater awareness of all the efforts. He immediately signed his commitment to live the “Golden Rule” and urged his colleagues to do the same.”