Call for Applications: European Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace & Security | Diplomacy Opportunities

European Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace & Security

As part of a series of regional consultations organised within the framework of the Progress study on Youth, Peace and Security, mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), the European External Action Service, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Youth Forum and the European Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding [4], will organise a European consultation on Youth, Peace and Security. The consultation will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 25 to 27 September 2017, and it will be part of a global effort to bolster action on the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 that calls for a greater role for young people in strengthening peace and security. The discussions from various regional consultations, and other discussions with young people throughout the world, will feed into the Progress study highlighting the positive contribution of young people to peacebuilding. The Progress study will be presented to the UN Security Council and Member States in early 2018. The European consultation in Brussels will comprise of strategic peer to peer discussions among 40 selected young people from the region.

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All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 2 August 2017 at 6 pm (Brussels time). The selection of participants will be made based on motivation and experience, with the majority coming from youth-led organisations. The organisers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants. Successful applicants will be notified by email between 16 and 23 August 2017. All expenses, including travel and accommodation, of the selected participants will be provided for.

To be eligible, applicants need to fulfil each and every one of the following criteria:

  • Applicants should be between the age of 15 and 29 at the time of the consultation.
    o Most participants will be selected from the age bracket 18-29, however, in order to capture the experiences and perspectives of younger people on peace and security, the application of adolescents (15-18) is also encouraged.
    o Child protection protocols require that participants under the age of 18 will have to be chaperoned to the place of consultation by a family member or an adult appointed by the parents. Expenses of one chaperone will be covered for the selected participants.
  • All applicants must be the citizens of and must currently reside in one of the following countries:
    the Member States of the EU: Austria│ Belgium│ Bulgaria│ Croatia│ Cyprus│ Czech Republic│ Denmark│ Estonia│ Finland│ France│ Germany│ Greece│ Hungary│ Ireland│ Italy│ Latvia│ Lithuania│ Luxembourg│ Malta│ Netherlands│ Poland│ Portugal│ Romania│ Slovakia│ Slovenia│ Spain│ Sweden│ United Kingdom
    o the Member States of the EFTA: Iceland│ Liechtenstein│ Norway│ Switzerland
    o the countries of the Western Balkans: the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia│ Montenegro│ Serbia│ Albania│ Bosnia and Herzegovina and
  • Applications must be submitted in English. Candidates must be fluent in English.
  • Applicants must be able to travel to and participate in the entire event in Brussels from 25 to 27 September 2017 (travelling on 24 and 28 September 2017).
  • Participants will be expected to take part in side events convened by the organisers during their visit to Brussels.
  • Participants will also be expected to make themselves available, as far as practicable, for possible follow-up events convened by the organisers in the course of 2017.
  • Applicants must be involved in activities/activism and/or youth-led organisations promoting peace and security. Promoting peace and security is understood in a broad sense – encompassing all aspects of conflict prevention and sustaining peace, with strong linkages to sustainable development and human rights –, including young people’s political and democratic participation; youth leadership; promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment; countering radicalisation leading to violent extremism; promoting mutual respect, tolerance and dialogue; violence reduction; promoting social cohesion and inclusion; peace education; promoting cybersecurity; combating climate change and its impacts and contributing to humanitarian assistance.
  • All applicants must demonstrate commitment, experience and a vision for youth and peacebuilding.
  • Youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds, with disabilities, varied ethnic or religious backgrounds, minority groups, the LGBTI community, etc. are encouraged to apply.
  • No applications from individuals employed by the United Nations or the European Union will be accepted.

To apply

Read all the questions carefully. All fields marked * are mandatory. All applications need to be submitted in English. , 2 August 2017 at 6 pm (Brussels time).

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Deadline: 2 August 2017 at 6 pm (Brussels time). 

*Please note that you can edit your application at any time before the end of the application period

How to Apply
The application process involves submitting an on-line application form and optionally a creative submission. Please submit your application by Wednesday, 2 August 2017 at 6pm (Brussels time). Please follow the steps below:

  • 1. Fill out the on-line application form.
  • The optional creative submission, inspired by peacebuilding, can take the form of a video, a photo story/essay, a painting, a poem or a written story, etc. You can choose to upload your submission or provide a link to it in the appropriate section of the on-line application form.
  • In order to be evaluated, your application has to be complete and submitted before the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Creative Submission guidelines:

  • • Producing a creative submission is optional.
  • The submission should be inspired by peacebuilding, can take the form of a video, a photo story/essay, a painting, a poem or a written story, etc.
  • The submission must be an original work and not previously submitted to another competition.This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
  • Any individuals featured in the submission must be identified by name and age. Any videos, photos or posters featuring a child (defined as any individual under the age of 18) must be accompanied by a consent form duly filled and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the child.
  • You can use any language, but an English translation must be provided.
  • All creative submissions will become the property of the co-organisers, regardless of whether the applicants are selected to participate in the consultation. Any future usage of designs will give credit to their creators. With your submission, you are consenting to the use of your submission.

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