Engaging young people and youth organisations from conflict-stricken regions in dialogue and conflict transformation
Some 60 young people will take part in this year’s edition of the Youth Peace Camp. The camp engages young people and youth organisations from conflict affected regions in dialogue and peacebuilding activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning during and after the camp.
Throughout the camp, the young people will experience living and learning together and especially, to engage in dialogue with other young people affected by conflict. This experience will motivate them in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in peacebuilding and conflict transformation activities with young people in their communities.
In 2023, the camp will bring together groups of young people from:
- Cyprus (Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking young people)
- Kosovo*, with a focus on Albanian-speaking and Serbian-speaking communities
- South Caucasus, in particular from conflict-affected regions and ethnic communities
- Both banks of the river Nistru/Dniester.
The objectives of the Youth Peace Camp are:
- To develop awareness and basic competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) of participants in human rights education, peacebuilding and intercultural learning to enable them to engage in dialogue and confidence-building initiatives with other young people affected by conflict;
- To support mutual learning from experiences of conflict and coping strategies;
- To foster relationship building as a foundation for peacebuilding and dialogue;
- To introduce and share existing youth work practices and experiences of young people working on dialogue and conflict transformation in their home communities
- To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in peacebuilding activities with young people, encouraging them to implement follow-up initiatives;
- To strengthen the role of the Council of Europe, in particular through its Youth for Democracy programme, in peacebuilding and intercultural dialogue with young people and to support the approaches of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security and the Sustainable Development Goals.
* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.