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Human dignity and peace-building by young people in Europe
The Youth Peace Ambassadors is a Council of Europe youth sector project being carried out between 2011 and 2014 in several phases. The project promotes and supports the role of young people in peace-building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue. The project is based on human rights, intercultural dialogue, youth participation and democratic citizenship processes in Europe. Young people are active citizens and protagonists of social change in conflict-affected communities.
The Youth Peace Ambassadors are young people from across Europe, active in youth-led civil society organisations and projects. During the project, they learn about peace and human rights, they develop local projects for peace, and they advocate for human rights and dignity. They thus act as ambassadors for the values of human rights, peace, and intercultural dialogue, and they will also bring these values to youth work and to youth initiatives in their communities. The participants are also committed multipliers involved in an organisation or network, institution and/or informal group. Last, but not least, the participants are young people looking for a better world where a different peace is possible!
The conflict situations addressed by the participants are those where communities are experiencing or recovering from armed conflict, terrorism, frozen conflicts, racism and aggressive nationalism and hate speech. Discrimination and human rights violations experienced by Roma communities or young migrants and refugees are also covered by the project.