European Commission & One Young World Announce 2021 Peace Ambassadors

The European Commission and One Young World today announce the latest cohort of One Young World Peace Ambassadors. The programme connects young leaders working to prevent and counter violent extremism and build peace in their communities. Since 2017, the European Commission has supported 200 young people in developing countries who are active in P/CVE and peace building initiatives.

With the overall objective of empowering young people in developing countries to contribute to preventing and countering violent extremism and peace building in their communities, One Young World and the European Commission has brought together a fourth cohort of fifty One Young World Peace Ambassadors. The 2021 cohort comprises of young leaders who have an impactful track record of promoting peace, conflict resolution, and community building in their countries.

Despite the health, social and economic challenges posed by the global Coronavirus pandemic, these Peace Ambassadors have used their lived experience and expertise to create meaningful change. The One Young World Peace Ambassador programme gives young leaders an unrivalled platform to showcase their work and build connections to help sustain their initiatives.

The 2021 Peace Ambassadors will participate in the annual One Young World Summit, this year being hosted in Munich. Owing to the global Coronavirus pandemic, Peace Ambassadors are also invited to participate digitally in the Summit.

Peace Ambassadors include:

  • Htet Lynn Oo, Myanmar. The director and founder of Myanmar Youth for Peace Development.
  • Aida Maria Betancourt Siman, El Salvador. Aída is a political activist and has led civil society movements in El Salvador.
  • Jhanisse Vaca Daza, Bolivia. The co-founder of Ríos de Pie, a non-violent citizen movement focused on human and environmental rights in Bolivia.

Learn more about the 2021 cohort here.

Kate Robertson & David Jones, co-founders of One Young World, said:

“These young leaders are working around the world to promote peace at a time when local and international tensions are increasingly high. This group exemplifies the power of young people to act against violence, economic, social and humanitarian strife. We are thrilled to be working again with the European Commission to support Peace Ambassadors and for this cohort to be coming to the One Young World Summit where they will engage with the largest gathering of young leaders globally.”