Established in 2015, the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO was born as Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO (CNI) with the objective of supporting the activities of the CNI in education, science, culture and communication, by promoting projects, values and priorities, through 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 counts appoximately 300 young people between ages 20-35, including students, researchers, artists, professionals, managers and entrepreneurs.
The Association, currently chaired by Antonio Libonati, has a centralized framework, consisting of a National Board, a Board of Directors, and a set of regional divisions, one for each region of Italy, each of them coordinated by Regional Representatives.
In recognition of the projects quality 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 emphasized 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 be exported internationally.
Furthermore, in 2018, the Association received the Representative Medal from the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.