EU Conference on Youth, Peace and Security - Promoting Youth in Peacebuilding

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 -
12:30pm to 5:00pm
Where: 
Belgium, Brussels
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Contact: 
Souria Saad-Zoy, s.saad-zoy@unesco.org

The overarching goals of the European Union (EU) Conference on Youth, Peace and Security are to further reinforce momentum in the EU implementation of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda, foster EU policy on Youth, Peace and Security, promote EU-United Nations cooperation on youth in peacebuilding, while enhancing the visibility of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda.

Specific objectives of the conference are to

(1) provide an innovative platform for EU-level policy dialogue on Youth, Peace and Security through engaging youth from and working with the EU and all other stakeholders in a level playing field
(2) lay the foundations of a sustainable EU community of practice on Youth, Peace and Security, including EU actors along the internal-external nexus
(3) give more concrete definition to further accelerating the EU implementation of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda
(4) raise the awareness of political and public audiences, within and outside the EU, about the Youth, Peace and Security agenda (5) create further impetus for EU-UN cooperation on youth in peacebuilding.

UNESCO is involved in the preparation of this event (content, agenda, format, etc.). Following discussions between UNESCO and the European External Action Service (EEAS), it was decided that six young people from the UNESCO Networks of Mediterranean Youth (NET-MED Youth) Project will participate in the conference and that two of the four panels of the conference will be organized by UNESCO (Panel II - Young people innovating for peace and Panel III - Empowering young people to prevent/counter violent extremism).