Deadline: 17 May 2015
Open to: youth participants worldwide aged 15-35
Venue: 21-22 August 2015, Amman, Jordan
The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security will be hosted on the 21st and 22nd of August 2015 by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Forum is envisaged as a turning point towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security. Stemming from the thematic debate organized by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during its presidency of the Security Council in April 2015, it will build on on-going efforts by a multiplicity of actors to decisively step-up global attention to young people’s contribution to peace and chart a common agenda. For the first gathering of this kind, young people, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and UN entities will come together to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism and building lasting peace.
The Forum will engage participants in conversations on key policy recommendations towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security which will be captured in a final Declaration. This forum will provide a platform for exchange of experiences, innovative ideas and programmatic frameworks that work. and best programmatic practices.
Key topics will include:
Putting Young People at the Centre
- Young people’s participation: an untapped resource for political stability and economic prosperity;
- Young people’s resilience: stories from conflict-affected zones;
- Youth leadership, engagement and organizing;
- Young women shaping peace;
Speech and Counter Speech
- Religion/inter-religious speech and counter speech;
- The role of young people in countering violent extremism;
- Media and Communication;
The Role of State and the International Community
- Investing in youth capacities for peace and stability;
- Post-conflict planning and financing;
- Governance and participation;
The driving principle for the full duration of this Forum will be to create the space for meaningful intergenerational dialogue: it will create the conditions for common understanding and respect between generations and increase dialogue and cooperation between young people and adults to work together to prevent and resolve violence, extremism and conflict locally, regionally and internationally.
All youth participants are expected to be between 15-35 years of age and they must have an understanding of English, French or Arabic. They must demonstrate leadership in peacebuilding, reducing violence or countering extremism through examples of initiatives they have undertaken at the community or policy level in countries in conflict, post-conflict or with widespread violence. They also must be members of or affiliated with a youth-led organization, network or movement or they must be able to demonstrate how they can disseminate the outcomes of the meeting to a wider network. Last of all, youth participants must demonstrate commitment to nonviolence, peaceful and inclusive societies, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter, Aims and Purposes of the United Nations.
The travel, visa and accommodation of select youth participants will be covered. Once successful applications are selected, the Forum planning committee will be in touch to confirm who has been selected to be sponsored. No additional application is needed for sponsorship inquiries. Please note that participants are expected to arrive 20 August and to depart 23 August. All participants must fly into Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan.
How to apply?
For more information please check the official website.