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Call for Participants: UNOY Peacebuilders Training for Advocates 2017 – Brussels, Belgium.

Application Deadline: 8 February 2017

Are you a young peacebuilder who feels a strong commitment to advocate for increased youth participation in peacebuilding? Would you like to build your knowledge and skills to hold meaningful discussions with European policy makers? If so, UNOY Peacebuilders invites you to apply to participate in the 2017 Traini​ng of Advocates to be held between April 7 – 14 in Brussels, Belgium

The 2017 Training of Advocates will sharpen your understanding​ of the European political environment on the youth, peace and security agenda, build your advocacy skills​ to engage in dialogue with policy makers, and connect you to other young peacebuilders co​ming from diverse backgrounds.

Both trainers have extensive advocacy and training knowledge and experience. Participants will have a central role during the training by sharing their own knowledge and ideas and helping develop a youth advocacy manual. A select number of participants will be invited to join UNOY’s European Youth Advocacy team.

This training aims to connect young people’s local peace activism with advocacy at the regional level. It is not a one-off event but rather part of a process that requires participants with specific profiles, proven interest in peacebuilding and advocacy, and strong commitment to the training objectives. This is to ensure that the training can flow smoothly with the highest standard and having the greatest impact.

UNOY are therefore looking for 18 participants between 18-30 years old, who:
● have experience in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, human security and/or advocacy;
● have prior experience or shown interest in advocacy on local, national or international level;
● come from youth peacebuilding organisations – both inside and outside the UNOY network
● come from a Council of Europe member state (or a signatory state of the European Cultural Convention);
● fluent in English since the working language of the training will be English;

Priority will be given to participants who:
● are currently active in an organisation, program or project in the above fields;
● coming from conflict and post-conflict communities, communities that experience high levels of direct violence and communities where violent extremism is on the rise;
● have experience in working with policy-making institutions and its affiliated bodies;
● are committed to multiply the outcomes of the training in their own work.

Cost:

  • All participants are required to pay a participation fee of € 70. International travel costs will be covered by 70%. Please note, travel costs must be approved by organisers beforehand on the basis of the least expensive route between your place of residence and Brussels.
  • Accommodation (shared rooms in a youth hostel), meals, visa fees, local transportation costs to/from the airport are fully covered.

How to apply?

In order to apply you should fill in the online application form latest by 8 February 2017. For any questions contact Federica Sustersic (advocacy@unoy.org).

This training course is supported by a grant from European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UNOY Peacebuilders Training for Advocates 2017

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