The seventh edition of the forum is co-organised by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the League of Arab States and the European Youth Forum and is to take place from 5 to 8 November 2019 at the European Youth Centre Budapest.

Titled “Dialogue on Youth, Peace and Security” it will bring together some 100 youth leaders, activists and other stakeholders active in the Euro-Arab cooperation in the youth field in member states of the League of Arab States and the Council of Europe. It will foster the participation of young people and youth organisations in peacebuilding and Euro-Arab dialogue for inclusive societies.

The forum will provide space for participants to explore the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace and Security and to critically reflect about the role all stakeholders, i.e. young people and institutions alike in implementing the UN2250 and its principles of action and shaping the future of the cooperation.

Throughout the programme and its follow up by participants human rights education as a framework will be used and promoted for learning and acting for peace and dialogue.

Therefore the forum sets out to provide space:
  • To explore the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth Peace and Security and its relevance for young people in Euro-Arab co-operation
  • To share and recognise needs and challenges faced by young people and youth organisations in their work for peacebuilding, security and dialogue
  • To share practices and experiences in peacebuilding for mutual learning
  • To support participants to engage and advocate for their countries to implement the Resolution UN 2250 and in pursuing Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)
  • To critically reflect about the role of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab states in implementing the UN2250 and its principles of action and shaping the future of the cooperation
  • To learn about human rights education as a framework for learning and acting for peace and dialogue.

 Expected results

The most significant expected results would include the learning outcomes of participants, results of the contacts, exchanges, debates and projects between the youth leaders, activists and other stakeholders attending the forum. The conclusions of the forum will be collected in a report by the general rapporteur of the forum, compiling the conclusions and ideas by the working groups of the forum. Ideas for future projects by participants fostering Euro-Arab dialogue will be also taken note of by the co-organisers and institutional partners and they may define the future pathways of the Euro-Arab cooperation in the youth field in the upcoming years.

Other outcomes include
  • The capacity of youth to engage and advocate for their countries to implement the Resolution UN 2250 is developed
  • More partnerships among participants and their organisations and institutions present
  • Dialogue between Arab and European youth and organisations is strengthened
  • Reflection on new pathway for a sustainable Euro-Arab youth cooperation after the first 10 years of cooperation
Specific outputs
  • report of the 7th Euro-Arab Youth Forum
  • the final version of the Study on Ten Years of Euro-Arab Youth Cooperation
  • expression of commitments by participants, such as an ideas of a new campaign or other projects
  • digital and other materials created by the participants/visual outputs/graphic recording

 Participants

The 7th Euro Arab Youth Forum will bring together some 100 youth leaders, activists and other stakeholders aged primarily 18-30 years active in the field of Euro-Arab cooperation in the youth field and are resident in member states of the League of Arab States or the Council of Europe. All participants are expected to have a demonstrated experience in civil society and youth work and they should be actively interested in the forum aims and themes and in following up of the forum within their organisations.

The co-organisers aim to select and invite:

  • 50 participants from countries of the League of Arab States
  • 50 participants from the Council of Europe member states, co-recruited by the Council of Europe and the European Youth Forum.

The selection will respect an equal number of male and female participants from each country/region. The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all young people and youth leaders who fulfil the specific criteria of this call irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, religion, belief or sexual orientation.

 Partners

The Euro-Arab Youth Forum is co-organised by the League of Arab States and the Council of Europe in cooperation with the European Youth Forum.