Youth, Peace & Security in the Europe and Central Asia Region: A Consultation and Dialogue
Deadline: 30 April 2017, 17:00 pm Istanbul time
Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 31 years old, from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, and Kosovo
Venue: 23– 25 May 2017, Istanbul, Turkey
In December of 2015, the Security Council adopted the groundbreaking Resolution 2250, on Youth, Peace and Security. For the first time, the UN Security Council recognized the positive role young people can and do play in conflict prevention, the prevention of violent extremism and peacebuilding. The Resolution was championed by Jordan, and adopted unanimously.
United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 (2015) is premised on the fact that governments and the multilateral system have been challenged in effectively accessing, working with and fully including young people in peacebuilding, prevention efforts and decision-making at all levels.
UNSCR 2250 mandates the Secretary-General “to carry out a progress study on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels”, and to present the results of the Progress Study to Member States of the United Nations. The Study is being undertaken as an independent, evidencebased and participatory research process, and will produce an operational report proposing a forwardlooking agenda for the international community. It will provide the evidence of young women and young men’s engagement on peace and security issues and help overturn the negative stereotypes surrounding youth in conflict by highlighting and promoting young people’s active and positive contributions to sustaining peace.
The Europe and Central Asia Consultation is part of a series of regional consultations for the Progress Study. It will also be an important opportunity to support a strategic dialogue between young people working on peace and security issues, civil society organizations, and regional partners and institutions on UNSCR 2250 to support concrete change on the ground.
In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Applicants must be between 18 and 31 at the time of the consultation, and should possess a valid passport with a minimum validity period of 6 months after the date of the consultation.
- Must be from the following: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, and Kosovo
- Applications must be submitted in English or Russian language.
- Applicants must be able to travel to and participate in the entire event in Istanbul from 23-25 May 2017 (travelling on 22 st and 25th/26 th depending on available flights).
- Applicants must be engaged in peacebuilding or supporting youth-led organizations working on peacebuilding, which is understood in a broad sense: peace processes, social cohesion, violence reduction, reconciliation, transitional justice, preventing violent extremism, disarmament demobilization and reintegration or other relevant humanitarian work.
- All applicants must demonstrate commitment, experience and a vision for youth and peacebuilding.
The travel, visa and accommodation of the select youth participants will be provided.
All applications received will be reviewed to assess their eligibility on the basis of the criteria mentioned and the quality of the submission. Only those selected will receive an email notification. The selected applicants are not chosen as representatives of their country, but will have been chosen to contribute to the representation of the diversity of youth-led organisations across the Europe and Central Asia region.
Apply directly by completing the Online Application Form by 30 April 2017, 17:00 pm Istanbul time.
You can also join the Europe & Central Asia regional group (sign-in required).