Coinciding with the Just Peace festival, UNOY Peacebuilders’ 4th edition of the Young Peacebuilders Forum will take place in The Hague from 18 to 22 September 2018 and bring together 55 to 70 young peacebuilders from all around the world.This years’ theme, ‘Shaping the Narrative’ has been chosen in reaction to trends of polarisation, hate speech and fear of ‘the other’ that is contemporary to all societies globally. Deconstructing this exclusionary rhetoric is crucial for peace and stability, and involves a shift of discourse towards positive and inclusive social narratives. At the YPF we will explore how peaceful narratives can foster positive social relationships and what role can young people play in this endeavor. Main objectives of the Forum:
1) Create a stimulating yet open space for young peacebuilders to build concrete and meaningful partnerships and cooperation beyond mere networking
2) Foster a multi-angled and lively discussion on the role of narratives in peacebuilding in Europe and beyond.
3) Generate a comfortable space for participants to share experiences, methods, narratives and to learn from one another, in the shape of a “methods market”. Apply before the 19th of June to shape together our own peaceful narrative! Please find attached our call for participants and fill in the following form to apply.
When: 18-22 September