On 23 and 24 May, six young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are attending the EU Conference on Youth, Peace and Security.
The event has been organised by the EU in partnership with the United Nations (UN) and various civil society organisations.
The delegates from the Eastern Partnership region include five Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) and one member of the European Parliament’s Young Political Leaders Programme.
The event, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, is bringing together young peacebuilders working with the EU, representatives from EU Institutions, EU Member States, UN entities and other multilateral and non-governmental partnerships, with the aim of fostering EU policy on youth, peace and security and promoting EU-UN cooperation on youth in peacebuilding.
The delegates will get the chance to meet and exchange views with EU policy-makers, including President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights and youth participants, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, as well as UN, OSCE and youth representatives.
The topics for discussion include youth inclusion in preventing conflict and sustaining peace, young people innovating for peace, empowering young people to prevent and counter violent extremism and protecting young people’s human rights.
‘Young European Ambassadors’ are part of the ‘Young European Neighbours’ youth network, launched in June 2016 by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project. The network focuses on strengthening cooperation between young people aged 15-25 and youth organisations from the EU and its Eastern Partner countries.
The network serves as a communication platform to facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas, information and experience related to the EU, as well as to promote youth engagement in social actions. Following two open calls for applications, over 200 young people from EU Member States and the Eastern Partner countries have been selected to act as Young European Ambassadors. A new wave of applications will open in summer 2018.