The 2018 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) was held from 17th to 19th December 2018 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. This new edition of the Conference focused on the theme “Enhancing and promoting the commitment and contribution of UNESCO’s NGO partners” and was organized around two subthemes: “Acting together: The collective strength of NGOs” and “Communication, information, dialogue”.

WLO Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr. Cristina Ortega Nuere considered the Conference to be a key forum “for us at WLO to learn about what NGOs in partnership with UNESCO are operating to contribute to its mandate”, and added: “With culture being a leisure dimension and the WLO having education as one of its strategic lines, I clearly see how our interests and work intersect with those of UNESCO. It is among our priorities to formalize strategic partnerships with key global actors in leisure-related issues, and UNESCO is certainly a reference to look at when talking about cultural leisure. We will continue exploring potential ways of collaborating”.

As explained at the site of the event, “The International Conference of NGOs gathers every two years NGOs in official partnership with the Organization. However, representatives of Member States, foundations in official relations with UNESCO, other NGOs and/or other interested organizations may attend the Conference as observers”.