Established in 2015, the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO was born as the Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO (CNI) with the aim of supporting the activities of the CNI in the field of education, science, culture and of communication, promoting projects, values and priorities through the active participation of young generations and civil society in initiatives and events of national importance.
In 2018 the Association, under the aegis of the CNI, was officially recognized by UNESCO as a Member of the Associations and Clubs for UNESCO.
The Italian Youth Association for UNESCO is composed of around 300 young people between the ages of 20 and 35, including students, researchers, artists, professionals, managers and entrepreneurs.
The Association, currently chaired by President Antonio Libonati, is organized in a central structure, consisting of a national Board, an Executive Board, a Coordination of National and Territorial Projects and a peripheral branch, characterized by teams present in all regions of Italy, coordinated by Regional Representatives.
For the quality of the projects and the solid organizational structure, the Association has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the best practices of youth participation in the UNESCO programs. This recognition was reiterated by Eric Falt, Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information at UNESCO, who called the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO an innovative good practice to export internationally.
Furthermore, at the beginning of 2018, the Association received the Representative Medal from the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.