Wilton Park Youth Dialogues: Powering the Future 2017 – 2018. Dialogue Three: Core Event - Youth as Peacemakers | WP1557

Wilton Park Youth Dialogues: Powering the Future 2017 – 2018. Dialogue three: Core Event
Youth as Peacemakers | WP1557

Monday 16 – Tuesday 17 October 2017 in Jordan

This series of dialogues aims to focus on young people, creating a positive and action-oriented debate that focuses on youth ambitions and opportunities in relation to employment, education, security and peace.

The series of dialogues is grouped into ‘core’ and ‘specialist’ events. Core events will engage strongly with young people, with a group of Youth Ambassadors creating communications materials and contributing to the dialogue outcomes including policy guidelines. The specialist events will be more technical in focus, bringing together experts on more specialist topics affecting young people.

The series is being organised in partnership with the British Council, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the WANA Institute in Jordan and in association with Restless Development, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Institute of Development Studies and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Young people make up a third of those affected by conflict and disaster. More than 600 million young people live in fragile or conflict affected areas; at least 25 per cent of those affected by the Syria crisis, for example, are aged 10 to 24.

Further, the protracted crises in Syria and Iraq mean that over 4 million youth in the region are at risk- and could, in turn, pose a risk to their communities and the wider region. Poorly educated, unable to work, often traumatised- for many of these young people, joining an armed group or risking the journey to Europe may be seem the only viable alternatives.
Yet many young people are actively contributing to peace building.

  • This dialogue will examine how their initiatives and actions can be supported and strengthened.
  • What barriers do these young peacemakers face, and can they be removed?
  • What lessons can be taken from the UN Secretary General’s Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security – and from other relevant initiatives, such as Conclusions of the Council of the European Union on the role of the youth sector in preventing and combating violent radicalisation of young people, or the OSCE’s workshops on Youth and the Prevention of Violent Extremism?
  • The dialogue will also showcase emerging local initiatives to empower young people and support them in their role in peace-making and peace-building.
  • How can such initiatives be scaled up to optimize young people’s grassroots efforts, in the face of extremism and radicalisation?
  • And what role can formal and informal education play in developing young people’s citizenship – their active participation in their own communities and in wider society?
  • And how can a culture of peace be supported where young people are heard and represented in a new model of governance?

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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm


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