6 ways to successfully engage youths in peace building

Today, more than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by fragility and conflict — a majority of which is under the age of 30.

These numbers alone justify the inclusion and consideration of youths in policymaking and planning. But in practice, the meaningful participation of young people in peace building has been hindered by discourses that overwhelmingly depict youths as victims or villains. Read more

Brazil Is Making Homophobia a Crime

The country’s Supreme Court voted Thursday to make discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender unconstitutional.

A majority of judges on Brazil’s Supreme Court voted Thursday to make homophobia and transphobia a crime, marking a major victory for the country’s LGBT population as they face an increasingly threatening environment, with dozens of people having been killed this year and President Jair Bolsonaro proudly declaring his dislike of the community.
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You have an idea for a new app or platform which can enable better communication and cooperation of citizens in addressing the problems of their communities?

You think that digital democracy can support higher inclusion of citizens in policy-making?

If your answers to these questions are positive, we invite you to share your idea about innovative digital solution which would strengthen citizen activism and improve the communication between citizens and decision-makers. Read more

Promising Practices in Engaging Youth in Peace and Security and PVE/CVE

This document, created by YouthPower Learning’s Community of Practice for Youth in Peace and Security, seeks to identify best practices, bright spots, and possible opportunities for their replication with a primary focus on preventing violent extremism/countering violent extremism (PVE/CVE). It operates under the hypothesis that youth engagement in positive alternatives to violence should be maximized in order for peace writ large to take hold. Read more

The Role of Youth in Peacebuilding: Challenges and Opportunities

Alpaslan Ozerdem

Young people are frequently ‘othered’ in discussions about conflict. This is a dangerous practice as youths can play a very positive role aiding peacebuilding in societies recovering from conflict.

The UN World Population Prospects statistics estimate that there are 1.3 billion 15-24 years olds in the world and nearly one billion live in developing countries where conflict is more likely to have taken place. Read more

ECFR: Stability of Western Balkans region depends on continuation of the dialogue

President of Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić met with the European Council on Foreign Relations delegation to talk about the relationshop between Belgrade and Pristina, current situation in the region and Serbia”.

“Imposed taxes and endorsed Platform by Kosovo’s Assembly is the best proof that Pristina is not thinking about the dialogue. Instead, it is thinking about the solutions which destabalize the whole region”, Vučić pointed out. Read more

Five ways to support youth inclusion in peacebuilding

Young people who have experienced conflict firsthand have a vital role to play in peacebuilding. They have a clear vision of what peace could look like in their countries and communities, and have the drive to work towards the realisation of these goals.  However, in many cases they are seen not as positive forces for peace, but rather as threats to it. Recent research conducted by Conciliation Resources with youth from five different conflict regions identified the five key changes which need to be made to ensure young people are able to participate in creating more peaceful societies. Read more

France: Guarantee Press Freedom

17 Nonprofits Denounce Threats to Prosecute Journalists Investigating French Arms Sales

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(Paris – 13 May 2019) 17 humanitarian and human rights NGOs denounced threats to press freedom today, after three French journalists were summoned by the French intelligence services for investigating the presence of French weapons in the conflict in Yemen. Read more