Deadline: May 24, 2015
Applications are open for the 2015 Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, which will be take place on the 21st and 22nd of August 2015 in Amman, Jordan. The Global Forum will bring together young people, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and UN entities to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism and building lasting peace.
The Forum will engage participants in conversations on key policy recommendations towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security which will be captured in a final Declaration. It will provide a platform for exchange of experiences, innovative ideas and programmatic frameworks that work. and best programmatic practices.
Key topics will include:
Putting Young People at the Centre
- Young people’s participation: an untapped resource for political stability and economic prosperity
- Young people’s resilience: stories from conflict-affected zones
- Youth leadership, engagement and organizing
- Young women shaping peace
Speech and Counter Speech
- Religion/inter-religious speech and counter speech
- The role of young people in countering violent extremism
- Media and Communication
The Role of State and the International Community
- Investing in youth capacities for peace and stability
- Post-conflict planning and financing
- Governance and participation
Scholarship and Benefits
Scholarships for travel & participation: The travel, visa and accommodation of select youth participants will be covered. Once successful applications are selected, the Forum planning committee will be in touch to confirm who has been selected to be sponsored. No additional application is needed for sponsorship inquiries.
Arrival and travel: Participants are expected to arrive August 20 and to depart August 23. All participants must fly into Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan.
- Youth participants should be between 15-35 years of age.
- Youth participants must demonstrate leadership in peacebuilding, reducing violence or countering extremism through examples of initiatives they have undertaken at the community or policy level in countries in conflict, post-conflict or with widespread violence.
- Youth participants must be members of or affiliated with a youth-led organization, network or movement or they must be able to demonstrate how they can disseminate the outcomes of the meeting to a wider network.
- Youth participants must demonstrate commitment to nonviolence, peaceful and inclusive societies, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter, Aims and Purposes of the United Nations.
- Simultaneous interpretation in all six UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) will be available for all plenary sessions. For breakout sessions, simultaneous translation will only be available in Arabic, English and French.
- Participants will be selected on the basis of motivation and experience.
- The organizers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants.
- The majority of selected participants will represent an organization and come from communities or countries affected by conflict, going through a post-conflict process or facing widespread violence.
200 participants from all regions of the world, including: youth organizations, youth groups and youth representatives, Member States, UN entities, international and national NGOs; foundations and donor agencies and academics will be invited to attend.
To apply in English, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/GFYPS-english
To apply in Arabic, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/GFYPS-arabic
To apply in French, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/GFYPS-french
The Global Forum is hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, and co-organized by the United Nations represented, on behalf of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), by Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Peacebuilding Support Office, UNFPA and UNDP, in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.
For more information, visit Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security.