eminars on youth and conflicts

Strasbourg, 1 July – 6 July 2004


1 to 7 July 2004 - Young people from Israel, Palestine and Kosovo discuss on conflict resolution

Some forty young people from conflict areas, aged between 16 and 20, will meet at a youth camp organised by the Council of Europe from 1 to 6 July at the Europa-Park leisure park (Rust/Freiburg, Germany) in order to discuss their differences and try to find new peaceful solutions to conflicts.



Strasbourg, 31 March – 2 April 2003


Involving young people in conflict resolution

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer, has put forward an initiative regarding involving young people in conflict resolution issues in a certain number of ongoing conflicts in Europe. The Seminar, which is taking place from 31 March to 2nd April in Strasbourg, will bring together around 30 young people from opposing sides in certain conflict areas to seek solutions to conflicts in other regions. (more…)


Provisional list of participants

Understand before you act

The participants in the seminar on “Youth and conflict settlement” presented the conclusions of their three days of debate in the presence of the Secretary General, Walter Schwimmer, and the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Peter Schieder. The main conclusion they drew from their discussions was that understanding a problem is the first step towards solving it. (more…)

An important role for young people

Marianne Heiberg, who led the Middle-East conflict workshop for young Armenians and Azeris, draws a number of lessons: Marianne Heiberg, you are a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs. Over the last three days you have been leading a workshop on the Middle-East conflict attended by five young Armenians and five young Azeris. Did you consider this a valuable exercise and if so how valuable?


Israeli-Palestinian dialogue on the Cyprus conflict

Meeting to discuss the conflict in Cyprus, young Israelis and Palestinians seek to establish a dialogue. Their names are Debbie, Eyar, Kobi, Tali, Dan, Hala, Saif Hashem, Fadi, and they come from Tel Aviv or Haifa, Nablus or Kiryat Ono. Since Monday, these Israelis and Palestinians have been working together to understand the conflict in Cyprus and find a viable solution to it. (more…)

Learning conflict resolution

Should we be afraid of conflict? Since Monday, this somewhat provocative question has been at the heart of discussions between thirty or so young people from conflict zones, around the theme ''youth and conflict resolution - new ideas for promoting peace''. The seminar is being held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, on the Secretary General's initiative, with the aim of giving fresh impetus to the settlement process and encouraging more original thinking. (more…)

Organisation of the working sessions

Israelis and Palestinians: discussions on the Cyprus conflict

Moderator: Dr Ron Fisher (Canada): Professor of International Relations, in the Division of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC, USA

- Background paper

Armenians and Azerbaijanis: discussions on the Israel / Palestine conflict

Moderator: Dr Marianne Heiberg (Norway): Senior Research Associate, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway

- Background paperDocumentary resources

Cypriots (Noth and South): discussions on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue

Moderator: David Loyd Stern (US): Caucasus and Central Asia correspondent of the Financial Times newspaper, London, UK

- Background paper