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Exploring the Role of Youth in
Reconciliation and Peacebuilding


 

The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 because "lt for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe".


 

The European Union plays important roles in diplomacy, the promotion of human rights, trade, development and humanitarian aid and working with multilateral organisations. Internationally, the EU has led and supported peace talks around the world to facilitate solutions in conflicts worldwide.
Through its political, practical and economic support, the EU has played a crucial role in building peace in the Western Balkans since the Yugoslav wars. One example is the dialogue facilitated by the European Union between Serbia and Kosovo, which led to a landmark deal in April 2013 and which is currently being implemented with the support of the EU.


 

According to the statement from 19 November 2019 done at New York on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, by H.E. Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Deputy Head of the European Union to the United Nations:

"Reconciliation is key to sustainable peace. It is a process that enables the restoration of social relations on the basis of fundamental values such as human dignity and respect, human rights, including the right to life and the right to physical and psychological integrity. It is a complex, encompassing and sometimes unruly process that has to be considered from the outset of any peace support efforts from mediation to restoring peace and security in countries emerging from conflict. It requires a truly integrated approach."




"In all these aspects the Peacebuilding Commission has a central role to play, by bringing together the various actors from the UN system, including the UN Country Teams and also the civil society. Moreover, the active advisory role of the Peacebuilding Commission to the Security Council could be further drawn upon to ensure that appropriate attention is paid to reconciliation at all stages of the conflict cycle."

"Youth movements are growing rapidly through social mediation addressing social issues. Their perspectives and efforts must be learned from and further connected with broader processes…"


 

In these context, a Consortium of civil society partners from EU and Balkan countries are implementing  the international strategic partnership project Exploring the Role of Youth in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding., co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The project is coordinated by Youth for Social Changes – Albania in partnership with EuroDEMOS Association – Romania, Youth Alliance Krusevo - North Macedonia, CET Prizren – Kosovo, NGO Prima – Montenegro, NGO Jeventa – Serbia, Euphoria – Greece, The Solunski Brothers Foundation Cyril and Methodius – Poland.


 

Project aim:
"Exploring the Role of Youth in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding" is long term project which has as main aim to increase capacities of organizations to support peace building and reconciliation process in their communities with special attention to be paid to involvement of youth.

Project main activities:
Kick of meeting in Serbia
Training Course – part I in Poland
Training Course  - part II in Albania
Study Visit in Kosovo
Seminar in North Macedonia
Contact Making Seminar in Greece
Capacity Building Activities in all partner countries
Evaluation meeting in Albania




Project objectives:


To enhance participant’s knowledge on concepts and terminologies in reconciliation and peacebuilding;
To enhance participant's skills to analyse the situations in their communities and to use various tools for reconciliation and peacebuilding, especially tools based on storytelling and digital storytelling;
To increase social skills of the participants to start processes supporting active participation of youth in reconciliation and peacebuilding in their communities;
To raise awareness of local communities on the importance of reconciliation, peace-building;
To support creating common space of dialogue in involved communities;
To increase capacities of organizations to design and implement innovative programmes that effectively address specific issues in their communities;
To raise knowledge of participants on Erasmus + Programme and support creating partnerships and ideas for future projects in framework of peacebuilding and reconciliation.

 
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