Youth Peace Week 2021
30 June – 8 July 2021,Online
The Youth Peace Week aims to empower young people and youth organisations from conflict affected regions by equipping them with competences and educational resources to enhance young people’s role and action for peace-building and conflict transformation.
The Youth Peace Week will be fully held online with an educational programme that will provide participants essential understanding of human rights (education), conflict analysis and transformation and peace-building.
In 2021 the participants will also have the possibility to plan and actively take part in presential local or regional peace camps that will be held between August and November in their local communities or regions. These local peace camps will be organised after the peace week; information about the local peace camps can be found on the youth portal of the Council of Europe.
In 2021, the Youth Peace Week will bring together some 70 young people with a special focus on groups from the following countries and communities:
- Kosovo*, participants coming from Albanian, Serbian and other communities;
- Both banks of the river Nistru/Dniestr;
- Cyprus (Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots);
- South Caucasus, especially in border regions and with ethnic minorities.
Participants from other conflict affected regions and communities (e.g. Ukraine, former Yugoslav republics) as well as youth leaders and activists interested or active in peace-building and conflict transformation are also kindly encouraged to apply.
All participants should:
- be aged between
18 and 28 years (exceptions are possible if duly justified);
- be able to work in English;
- be available and fully committed to take part in the Youth Peace Week and preferably also in a Local Peace Camp or similar project in their community;
- be involved in a youth or community project or organisation;
- possess a sense of responsibility for their own actions, a commitment to personal and community development and engagement in cooperation with other participants;
- be motivated to initiate youth initiatives for peace building;
- be interested in learning further, and contribute to the learning process of other participants, about conflict transformation, human rights education and peacebuilding.
A specific priority will be given to applicants who are or have been displaced as a result of armed conflict (refugees, internally displaced people, migrants, asylum-seekers).
* 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.