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Building peace in the minds of men and women

Youth participation & Empowerment


UNESCO Youth team’s unique, cross-sectoral response to the Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, puts young women and men at the very heart of addressing the root causes of violent extremism. The collaboration between Education, Social and Human Sciences, Communication and Information and Culture ensures that young people are provided with the multifaceted training, skills and support required to engage as active citizens and lead the global movement towards the creation of a peaceful world.

What we do

The Youth team coordinates a variety of initiatives that put youth front and centre of UNESCO’s response to PVE. This includes:

  • Working with youth organizations to improve their skills, capacity gaps and to address any challenges they experience related to youth
  • Developing capacity building workshops to equip young people with the skills they need to be active global citizens
  • Working with partner organizations on the development of national youth policies, ensuring that young people themselves are fully engaged in the processes.
  • Evaluating digital youth platforms and encouraging civic participation through social media
  • Organizing global and regional events to promote youth public participation in addressing radicalization

Our project

In April 2018, UNESCO and UNOCT launched their joint project Prevention of Violent Extremism through Youth Empowerment in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, co-funded by Canada. The project aims at enhancing local youth-driven initiatives through an inclusive, multi-disciplinary and participatory approach across education, culture, and communication and information to prevent violent extremism. Since its launch in April 2018, the Project has reached over to 2500 young people through capacity development and training workshops (+30), seminars and international conferences (+15) and the elaboration of knowledge products such as studies, toolkit and publications (5 under elaboration). More info here.