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16 August 2019
Inaugural International Youth Peace Forum


UNA-NCA in partnership with the Confucius Institute U.S. Center provided support and helped to foster a global learning community for the inaugural International Youth Peace Form– “Amplifying diverse voices from around the world.”  This conference provided a space for exceptional young people to share their stories, their perspectives, and their voices.

Capitol_Group_PhotoThe International Youth Peace Forum brought together 17 university students from nine countries to reflect on issues of global peace in a weeklong workshop in Washington, DC where they attended lectures and panels and participated in discussions and activities.  The students, who come from Ireland, China, Israel, South Africa, Germany, France, Japan, the United Kingdoms and the United States discussed conflicts in their home countries and solutions for creating peace as well as building bridgesUSIP_Simacross their different communities and cultures.  The student participants were recommended from the global ConfuciusInstitute network which currently includes 537 Confucius Institutes in 157 countries. They all have strong interest in conflictresolution, and represent a diversity of unique viewpoints and voices.

Along with the lectures and presentations, participants had the opportunity to visit centers of global thought and diplomacy in Washington, DC, including the U.S. Capitol, United States Institute of Peace, UN Information Center, Embassy of South Africa, NPC_Lunchthe African Union House, and the UN Foundation.  The goal of this conference was not to only train future peacebuilders, butalso to enable the participants to construct community-based peacebuilding projects in their local neighborhood, university, region or country to beimplemented over the course of the next year following the forum.

Meet the Participants