7th edition of the Euro-Arab Youth Forum
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.
About the Euro-Arab Youth Fora
The co-operation with the League of Arab States has been on-going for more than 10 years, articulated around the promotion of intercultural dialogue, youth participation and countering hate speech and extremism. The cooperation has focused on joint capacity-building activities for youth leaders and the Euro-Arab Youth Fora. The latest large scale event was the 6th Arab-European Youth Forum: Overcoming Hate Speech and Extremism Together took place in 2017 in Fez, Morocco. The forum was carried out and organised by the Council of Europe and the League of Arab States in partnership with the European Youth Forum and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Morocco. In November 2018 the Euro-Arab training course "Youth Participation and Gender Equality" was held in Doha, Qatar, with a specific emphasis on how to secure gender equality in youth participation and how participatory approaches can enable (better) gender equality. The activity was co-organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the State of Qatar.
In 2019, the Council of Europe and the League of Arab have agreed to focus their cooperation on the 7th Euro-Arab Youth Forum, which is to be preceded by a study about the impact and results of the cooperation. The forum should focus on youth, peace and security so as to follow-up on the regional consultation held in Fez with UNFPA and, in particular, to understand and apply the principles of the United Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security to Euro-Arab Youth cooperation.
Study on Ten Years of Euro-Arab Youth Cooperation
After more than 10 years of cooperation, the League of Arab States and the Council of Europe decided to carry out a study in order to map the results and impact, and remaining gaps of the cooperation activities. The study provides an overview of the main results and outcomes of key activities Euro-Arab youth cooperation as part of the work of the Council of Europe and the League of Arab States in the field of youth. It gathers key messages, issues and opportunities which have guided the Euro-Arab youth cooperation, looking more specifically at the Euro-Arab youth fora and highlighting outcomes and good practices which resulted from them. The preliminary findings of the study are to be presented at the 7th Euro-Arab Youth Forum.
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