This year, One Young World and the European Commission brought together the fourth cohort of fifty One Young World Peace Ambassadors to attend the Summit in Munich and digitally on the Digital Summit platform. The 2021 cohort comprises young leaders who have an impactful track record of promoting peace, conflict resolution, and community building in their countries.
During the Summit, the Peace Ambassadors were able to take part in the opportunities the Summit offered, including a workshop on "Activating Positive Peace: From Understanding to Action", which was led by the Institute for Economics & Peace. Six Peace Ambassadors (Joseph Tsongo, Ana Lucía Ixchíu Hernandez, Rez Gardi, A. Mohammed A Foboi, Marigona Shabiu, and Nujeen Mustafa) were featured as our Delegate Speakers for the Summit's Plenary Sessions and five (Jhanisse Vaca Daza, Shadi Rouhshahbaz, Ramiz Bakhtiar, Oluwafunke Adeoye and Katarina Boskovic) were featured in sessions on the Huawei Digital Seeds Stage.
Having been inspired by the Summit to continue their work post-Summit, the Peace Ambassador Cohort has created, and now presents, the "Declaration on the future of Peacebuilding and Leadership". Initiated originally by Resid Dzevdetbegovic, the Declaration was written to "express their commitment to live in a peaceful global society" whilst pledging to "work together with all stakeholders to implement commitments to peacebuilding in global communities". The Declaration was also contributed to by Katarina Boskovic, Milica Mirkovic, Ramiz Bakhtiar, and Shadi Rouhshahbaz.
Despite the health, social and economic challenges posed by the global Coronavirus pandemic, this Declaration has proven that these Peace Ambassadors have used their lived experience and expertise to create meaningful change.
We, young leaders from around the world, gathered here in Munich, Germany on 21-26 July 2021 at the One Young World Summit, express our commitment to live in a peaceful global society.
We also express our gratitude to the European Commission for its support and granted scholarships, and to the One Young World for its concerted efforts and giving us the space to engage in conversations around youth, peace, and security. This gives us a stronger voice to speak to the international community about our needs and circumstances.
At a time when many states are undermining international norms and standards aimed at promoting and protecting peace and human security, we need new approaches to ensure that the United Nation’s (UN) “Sustaining Peace” Agenda achieves tangible, transformative results for all those living in the shadow of violent conflict.
Ahead of the 6th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth and Peace and Security followed by United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2419 (2018) and 2535 (2020), the 21st anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, and the 73rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as inspired by the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, we reflected upon the Missing Peace Independent Progress Study, the If I Disappear Global Report on Protecting Young People in Civic Space, the first issue of the Journal of Youth, Peace and Security, and the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact as part of the Generation Equality Forum all of which highlight the important and impactful role of young people in creating and sustaining peace and security at all levels within their communities. We exchanged experiences and set key implementation priorities for the way forward. We call for greater recognition for, and support to, youth working on building and sustaining inclusive peace.
Priority actions in effective peacebuilding and leadership
We urgently call on the governments, international and regional organizations, citizens, young people, and other relevant stakeholders on:
1) ACKNOWLEDGING the particularly acute impact of COVID-19 pandemic on young people, especially on freedom of movement, education, employment, and economic independence of youth; as well as the importance of the young people’s role in supporting the public health and emergency response by taking responsibility for their health based on the best available evidence and information;
2) PROMOTING the safety and protection of all people around the world from all forms of violence as well as prompt response and effective rehabilitation, so that people are better positioned to participate in conflict prevention, resolution, recovery and reintegration, and their resilience is enhanced in the face of absence of peace and security and of armed conflict situations;
3) CONDEMNING violence of any kind, hate crimes, war crimes, genocide, denial and relativisation or misinterpretation of genocide and crimes, and violations of human rights, as well as non-compliance with International Law and the verdicts of the International and Regional Courts;
4) EMPHASISING the importance of recognizing and empowering the equal, full and meaningful participation of young people in conflict resolution, non-violent movements, formal and informal peace processes and peacekeeping missions given their necessary role in building positive peace at the local, regional, and international level;
5) URGING Member States and international and regional organizations to take further measures to meaningfully include young people in their pursuit to ending violence against children, youth, women, journalists, minorities, marginalized groups, and human rights defenders through engaging them in political and economic decision-making by, inter alia, promoting youth’s leadership and capacity to engage in aid management and planning, supporting youth’s organizations, providing youth-friendly funding mechanisms and countering negative societal attitudes about youth’s capacity to participate equally;
6) RAISING awareness of the UN’s “Sustaining Peace” Agenda and the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development among policymakers as well as the general public, and encouraging inter-governmental discussions on issues of critical importance to both agendas so as to share policy experiences, lessons learned and best practices, and identify ways of cooperation;
7) ENCOURAGING youth-led consultations, knowledge creation and engagements, where appropriate, with regional and international organizations, peacebuilders, civil society, the academia and other relevant stakeholders, to promote and support the implementation of the UN’s agendas at the national and regional levels, as well as highlight youth perspectives on and experience with security and peace processes through research and collaboration;
8) STRESSING the vital importance of informal and non-formal learning, the arts, sport, volunteering, and social activities in terms of encouraging youth participation and social cohesion, which are recognized as tools that can have immense impact on local communities and can help address many of today’s societal challenges.
Call for action
Bearing in mind that the world needs youth participation, unity, and cooperation in today’s challenging times now more than ever, we call our young counterparts around the globe to take actions, to step up and engage in policy and decision-making processes, to get involved in peacebuilding and reconciliation programs at all levels, and to advocate for the best interest of their peers, we invite other stakeholders to commit to intergenerational leadership with young people.
As the One Young World Peace Ambassadors attending the Munich Summit, we pledge to work together with all stakeholders in implementing the above-mentioned commitments.
Names of all 2021 Peace Ambassadors
Chougher Maria Doughramajian - Armenia/Syria
Morris Ntilla - Tanzania
Ardent Tresor Alex Otoubou - Republic of Congo
Muzoon Almellehan - United Kingdom
Jorge Santiago Avila Corrales - Honduras
Joseph Tsongo - Democratic Republic of Congo
Aishath Rishfa - Maldives
Milica Mirkovic - Montenegro
Mohamed Hadi Dia - Mauritania
Ilkham Umarakhunov - Kyrgyzstan
Josiane Darwatoye Djikoloum - Chad
Nujeen Mustafa - Germany
Fatouma Ahmed - Djibouti
Noel Kim - Republic of Korea
Nicolau Londe Gomes Miguel - Angola
Ibrahima Kalil Gueye - Guinea
Desara Dushi - Albania
Kirill Vshivkov - Kazakhstan
Sohaila Rezaee - Afghanistan
Resid Dzevdetbegovic - Bosnia & Herzegovina
Katarina Boskovic - Montenegro
Rez Gardi - New Zealand/Kurdistan
Mauricette Kobozo Yadibert - Central African Republic
Amadú Djamanca - Guinea-Bissau
Rogério Marques Benedito Júnior - Mozambique
Shadi Rouhshahbaz - Iran
Gwendolyn Seyonnoh Myers - Liberia
Musa Carew - Sierra Leone
Oluwafunke Adeoye - Nigeria
Giorgi Tumasyan - Georgia
A. Mohammed A Foboi - Liberia
Marigona Shabiu - Kosovo
Abdur-Rahman Omokunmi Olalekan - Nigeria
Muslimbek Buriev - Tajikistan
Aida Betancourt - El Salvador
Alisher Sadullaev - Uzbekistan
Htet Lynn Oo - Myanmar
Mesfin Abadi - Eritrea
Melchade Sanvura - Democratic Republic of Congo
Rolce-Marlette-Annaïse Nkounkou-Loufoua - Republic of Congo
Pedro Fonseca - Nicaragua
Ame Nadege Afoutou - Togo
Ahmed Konneh - Liberia
Benazir Hilali - France
Ramiz Bakhtiar - Afghanistan/Canada
Ana Lucía Ixchíu Hernandez - Guatemala
Marylene Mbie-Bengone - Gabon
Alhafiz Hassan Ahamat - Chad
Mohamed Edabbar - Libya
Jhanisse Vaca Daza - Bolivia