Peace Track

Highlights
  • Celebrate diversity through meaningful performances during The Youth Assembly Culture Fest
  • Attend a visit/briefing at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) together with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).
  • Engage in Seminars and working sessions on Peace.
  • Celebrate new friendships at the Welcome Gala, a private dining event in Washington D.C.

Sample Itinerary

Tuesday, August 6th

Washington DC

  • Arrival and check-in between 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Orientation

Track Capacity and Participants

Limited spots are available. Especially recommended for undergraduate, or graduate students, or interested young professionals

Reminder

Please plan your flight and travel around the following schedule in order to participate in all components of your selected GDL Series Option and Track:

Arrival – Washington DC Accommodation, Tuesday, August 6th between 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Departure – Washington DC Accommodation, Sunday, August 11th before 11:00 am

Concept Note

Twenty-eight years since the Cold War and predictions of “The end of history,” the world is still in the midst of devastating conflicts. While international peace between countries has advanced, internal conflicts and civil war remain the foremost concern in many countries. War and violence are not just devastating to human lives and livelihoods: they often bring economies to a standstill, wreak havoc on the environment, and leave thousands as refugees or in poverty and hunger. This is evident in all current conflict zones, with ​80% of the population now living in poverty in Syria​, ​14 million on the brink of famine in Yemen​, 70% illiterate in South Sudan​, and ​50% of women and youth unemployed in Palestine​.

Young people disproportionately suffer from armed conflict, including civilians and, increasingly, as targets of extremist groups’ recruitment campaigns. Moreover, tens of thousands of child soldiers are fighting in conflicts worldwide. Far-reaching consequences include, not only damage to physical and mental well-being, but also extended disruption of educational and employment opportunities. Indeed, little progress in any aspect of sustainable development can be achieved in the midst of conflict.

Therefore, it is essential that young people are equipped with the knowledge to understand global conflict, and the multidimensional factors needed for peace. As recognized by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions,” peaceful conflict resolution consists of expanding human rights, justice, institutions, and rule of law, as well as conflict mediation and peace-building. Of special significance to promoting peace is the role of women in peace processes (SDG 5), equality (SDG 10), and tolerance for diversity. In all these processes, young people with their new ideas and open-mindedness must be included as stakeholders if long-term peace and stability are to be maintained.

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