Federation of Clubs, Centers and Associations for UNESCO / WFUCA
Since the first UNESCO Club was founded in Japan, in 1947, Clubs, Centers and Associations for UNESCO have been very valuable partners for the Organization.
Club movement members, who are all volunteers, include people of all ages and nationalities from every walk of life. they share a commitment to UNESCO’s ideals and work to translate them into reality on the ground. Members are therefore well placed to present the views of civil society to decision-makers.
In the half-century the UNESCO Clubs movement has been in existence, the world has witnessed a vast range of events concerning every one of UNESCO’s fields of competence.
In 2010, the movement includes some 3.800 associations, centers and clubs for UNESCO in more than 80 countries throughout the world.
At the international level, the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) is responsible for informing, coordinating and mobilizing its members, with UNESCO's support and cooperation.
In the light of civil society's growing role in public policy-making, the Club movement can play a key part in educating citizens, and can contribute to dialogue between cultures and generations for sustainable development.
* Support to NGOs and Associations registered in the WFUCA: We inform in a timely manner about events and opportunities to collaborate with the United Nations.
* Intergovernmental support: We provide services to the NGO Committee, which meets twice a year to discuss NGO accreditation to the United Nations Economic and Social Council through the World Bank.
* Registration Assemblies: Through CSO, we facilitate the participation of NGOs in most of the intergovernmental processes that take place at United Nations headquarters and beyond. Each year, some 7,000 NGO representatives participate in these events in New York alone.
* Technical assistance: With the support of the United Nations Development Account, we carry out limited capacity-building activities with civil society organizations.
Further the ideals, objectives and programs of UNESCO and, to that end, further, strengthen and encourage the development of UNESCO clubs, centers and associations; promote international understanding and education, particularly with a view to the effective exercise of human rights, the endogenous development of every people, and the construction of a new world economic and social order, and pursue these aims also in nations and peoples, particularly in order to advance mutual understanding among the different cultures in the world; involve people in UNESCO work, particularly at the grass roots level; promote utilization of science and technology for peaceful purposes, for the welfare of humanity, and, in particular, of the developing countries; promote in all societies the right of every person and every people to a cultural identity.
“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization may make suitable arrangements for consultation and cooperation with non-governmental international organizations concerned with matters within its competence, and may invite them to undertake specific tasks.” (UNESCO’s Constitution)
The mission of WFUCA is to promote in America, Latin America, Central and Caribbean within four main categories of Unesco's WFUCA Club.
Club's established in the schools (whose members are the students and the teaching staff of the teaching institutions).
Club's to run in universities and higher education institutions.
Club's are not intended exclusively for schoolchildren or university students who have a recognized legal status among their members who have outstanding personalities from the cultural circles or from the public sector of the community.
Club's integrated by members of civil society who have a legal status that designates their spirit of education that bring together different personalities from the business and leaders.
The UNESCO WFUCA Clubs of America, Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean act on the global problems with local repercussions that, therefore, contribute to the process of reflection of social priorities. This movement confirms the increasingly important role that civil society plays throughout the world and the influence that citizens can exert on socio-economic decision-making. The UNESCO WFUCA has three main functions: training, information and action.
Given the evidence of the increasingly important role of civil society in the elaboration of public policies, the UNESCO WFUCA Club's movement is a key factor in the education of citizens. In addition, it can contribute to the dialogue between cultures and generations in terms of sustainable development.
The development of people and society, for this we generate and strengthen synergies, links and agreements with the private initiative, with public institutes and NGOs.
Peace is a right of every living being, as well as freedom, it is an obligation of every nation and organization responsible to propitiate it with actions and programs and programs that assert this right.
For what we generate we respect and encourage programs that disseminate the cultural heritage of social groups.
Within WFUCA, is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:
• has access to quality education; a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development;
• may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;
• can fully benefit from scientific advances;
• and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.
UNESCO's WFUCA messages are of increasing importance today, in a globalized world where interconnections and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women.
Beyond WFUCA, we worked with the UNESCO World Federation with headquarters in New Delhi, India, with Founder George Cristophides, Presidents Denhira Betangar in India and Pradeep Kaphale in Nepal, and the 5 Presidents and Ambassadors for the Continent Economic and Social Council of UNESCO)