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Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security in Istanbul, Turkey.

Application Deadline: April 30th 2017

Be part of the Europe and Central Asia regional consultation on the role of youth in building peace and security!

In 23-25 May 2017, UNDP and UNFPA, in partnership with the Peacebuilding Support Office, will organize the Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security in Istanbul, Turkey. This event is part of a series of regional consultations with young people on issues related to peace and security.

By the end of the consultation, we aim to have: (1) a regional perspective for successfully implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 (2015) – a groundbreaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security that recognizes the positive role young people can and do play in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and the prevention of violent extremism; (2) inputs for the Progress Study mandated by UNSCR 2250; and (3) a regional action plan for the continuation and promotion of peacebuilding and social cohesion.

Your voices are very important!

  • Recent studies in the region identified increasing youth challenges. These include low levels of employment and enterprise development, which have strong links to migration trends; inadequate supply of vocational education and leadership development training required to match private sector needs; limited engagement and participation in national and local decision-making; and issues related to psychosocial and healthy lifestyle support, and gender inequalities and harmful practices.
  • As is the case in other regions, many countries in Europe and Central Asia have recently been shaken by terrorism-related events. Many young people in the region are engaged as activists, organizers, leaders and researchers in preventing the rise and influence of violence and violent extremism by fostering tolerance and peace, particularly for and among youth. Young people’s force for peace must therefore be tapped into for the benefit of their communities, including through the implementation of UNSCR 2250.

Requirements

  • If you are between 18 to 31 years old, from an eligible country or territory in the region, and part of a youth-led organization involved in peacebuilding activities or activism, apply to participate in our consultation in Istanbul.
  • 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 a citizen of, and based in, the following: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Monten egro, 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 22st and 25th/26th 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.

Application

Apply directly by completing the Online Application Form by 30 April 2017, 17:00 pm Istanbul time.

If you have any questions, please see the Concept Note and Guide for Applications, or email: ecayouth4peace@gmail.com.
For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security in Istanbul, Turkey. 

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