AMMAN – Nineteen talented and committed young women and men from 12 MENA countries have successfully completed UNAOC’s Young Peacebuilders programme, implemented in collaboration with Generations For Peace and with the generous support of the Agencia Extremeña de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AEXCID). This peace education programme supports youth leaders between 18 and 25 in gaining peacebuilding skills while bringing visibility to their actions and projects towards promotion of diversity and dialogue.
After an intense online preparation, which started in November 2017, these young peace leaders came together for the first time in February 2018 in Amman, Jordan, during a face-to-face-workshop in which they strengthened their capacities in analyzing conflicts, applying peacebuilding tools and designing peace initiatives. Since then, each participant have been applying the knowledge and skills in their home countries, as part of an implementation phase in which they received professional support from a skilled team of trainers.
During the symposium, which takes place on September 20 and 21, 2018, in Amman, Jordan, the Young Peacebuilders will have the opportunity to share their experiences, lessons learned, achievements and recommendations with a broad audience of practitioners, UN staff, policy makers, civil society and other experts.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations has long recognized the important and positive contribution of youth and youth-led organizations in conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts, responding to the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2250 and 2419 on Youth, Peace and Security, and the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism.