Twelve emerging leaders from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States, will travel from August 29th to September 12th to Morocco, Egypt and Qatar. Twelve emerging leaders from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, the State of Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates will travel from September 30th to October 14th to the United States, Germany, and Spain.
Biographies of 2018 UNAOC Fellows:
During their respective trips, in addition to addressing issues related to Intercultural Dialogue, both cohorts will also take part in activities and discussions focusing on a theme: “Fostering youth resilience to prevent violent extremism and build sustainable peace”. This theme has been chosen to ensure that the programme has a guiding direction, while serving UNAOC mission to foster intercultural collaboration. The choice of such theme has also framed the selection process and participants from both groups are all involved professionally in the field of youth, PVE and/or peacebuilding.
The goal of the Fellowship Programme is to foster intercultural understanding by engaging with young civil society leaders from Europe, North America, the Middle East and North Africa. Organized around two-week exchange trips, the Programme sends participants from each geographic area to their counterparts’ region. In every country visited, Fellows are provided with crucial comprehension tools to help them understand the plurality and the complexity of their surroundings, and to get an extensive grasp of their host country’s culture, politics, society, religion, media and more. By immersing participants into culturally diverse environments, the Fellowship aims at challenging perceptions and deconstructing stereotypes. Building on that, participants become better equipped to position themselves as informed stakeholders and develop cross-cultural partnerships while bridging divides between peoples from different faiths and cultures.