The International Conference of the UNESCO Associated Schools "Ob-Irtysh Basin: the Youth Study and Preserve Natural and Cultural Heritage in the Regions of World Great Rivers" has been held since 2008.
In 2009 the participants of the Conference and Youth Ecological Forum "Save Ugra's Blooming World" of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra were brought together by the International Youth Environmental Forum "One Planet – One Future!".
The founders of the Forum are the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra .
The Forum brings together public authorities at federal and regional levels, civil society representatives including regional youth environmental movements, UNESCO Associated Schools.
Mission of the Forum:
- involve the youth in environmental protection and environmental education activities; provide support and recognition of young people engaged in socially useful environmental activities;
- build young generation’s capacity through environmental education for sustainable development;
- analyze experience gained by interregional and international youth environmental associations in the field of environmental and cultural activities.
Over the past eight years, the Forum has been attended by more than 500 people including:
- More than 100 students of the UNESCO Associated Schools from 20 countries (Estonia, Latvia, Tajikistan, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Hungary, Finland, Ukraine, Mongolia, China, Poland, Brazil, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Russia);
- young people from 11 regions of the Russian Federation (Bashkortostan, Primorskiy Kray, Udmurtia, Sverdlovsk Region, Moscow, Krasnodarskiy Kray, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra, Voronezh Region, Omsk Region, Kostroma Region, Republic of Khakassia);
- 25 UNESCO experts and representatives. The Forum program includes a wide range of events every year:
- plenary session of the International conference of the UNESCO Associated Schools;
- competition of socially significant environmental projects;
- themed interactive games, business simulation, flash - mobs, other events;
- round-tables; master classes;
- cultural and recreational programs, sightseeing, games, sports and creative events.
About 40 project in accordance with the theme of the event (soil conservation, forest preservation, water conservation, cultural and natural heritage, diversity of nature, development of ecological culture of young people, etc) are presented by the participants for the competition every year. They are examined by the UNESCO experts and specialists in the field of culture, ecology, environment, by researchers, representatives of executive and legislative bodies of the region.
Based on the Forum results and Regulation there will be 25 star winners in 5 nominations: "The best project of the UNESCO Associated Schools", "The best socially significant ecological project of the regional competition", "The best practical solution following the results of the Forum teams", "The most active participant of the Forum", "The best presentation of a delegation", with winners receiving certificates and souvenirs at the closing ceremony.
Outcomes of the Forum:
- a Resolution is adopted, a final document circulated to all participating countries and regions;
-a Video diary and a bulletin is prepared by the participants;
- a CD with the Forum materials. This Project — "The International Youth Environmental Forum "One Planet - One Future!":
- at the request of the UNESCO Moscow Office was presented at the International Conference "Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global water education conference" in Bozeman (Montana, USA) (2011) ;
- included in the Plan of the main activities of the Government of the Russian Federation dedicated to the 2013 Environmental Protection Year in Russian;
- winner of the All-Russian contest "National Environmental Award n.a. V.I. Vernadsky" (Moscow) and in the category "Global Ecology"(2014) .
The Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra has repeatedly received letters of gratitude at the end of the Forum:
- from the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO - for a high international level of the Forum and Conference of the UNESCO Associated Schools;
- from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus (V.A. Budkevich);
- from the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (L. Efremova, deputy director of the Agency);
- from the executive director of the "UNESCO Associated Schools Project" in the Russian Federation (N.B. Larionova);
- from the Deputy Secretary General of the National Commission of the Republic of Moldova for UNESCO (L. Drumea).
The Forum is a contribution of the participating UNESCO Associated Schools to the success of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and will contribute to the implementation of the ESD Global Action Plan Roadmap