The Youth Peace Camp Conference brought together the experiences of young people and youth leaders from conflict-stricken regions in a context marked by the war in Ukraine and its consequences on young people, peace and democracy.

  1. The Council of Europe and its member states must commit firmly to and advocate for action to address all conflicts through peacebuilding and non-violent conflict transformation; the interconnection between democracy and the non-violent solution of conflicts cannot be neglected.

  2. All victims of conflict deserve our solidarity; all conflicts in Europe and beyond deserve equal attention from the international community and all stakeholders that can support peacebuilding processes.

  3. Member states must increase youth participation and the involvement of youth civil society and youth workers in peace processes, in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.

  4. Young people and youth leaders from rural areas, especially those affected by armed conflict, must be specifically addressed and involved in peacebuilding processes, preparing them for dialogue according to their terms and context.

  5. Young people need to have opportunities to develop the competences necessary for the non-violent transformation of conflicts; to this end, it is essential that peace education is included in formal education curricula.

  6. Educational activities on peace and conflicts should be organised and funded, especially to make use of the full potential of non-formal education and youth work for peace education.

  7. Spaces for dialogue and peacebuilding must be created to support justice and reconciliation among divided communities and address traumas of the conflicts; the Council of Europe should develop guidelines on the establishment and functioning of such spaces.

  8. The human side and cost of conflicts need to be highlighted at all moments; stakeholders should advocate and showcase the impact of conflicts on individuals through all means.