WESTERN BALKANS – The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and with the support of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) launches the campaign “YOUth Inspired by Peace” aimed at raising awareness and increasing peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts among youth in the Western Balkans through various campaign events. The campaign is being carried out during May 2021.
Throughout its course, the campaign will be focused on topics such as education, acceptance, understanding and cooperation to highlight the importance of investing in youth, relevance of their stories and their power for change.
With teachers and students’ work, the campaign will use best practices of working in peacebuilding transformative pedagogies across the Western Balkans through school networking as a tool for promoting regional dialogue.
The project will also provide promotion activities through interviews with teachers and students involved in the project activities. Moreover, six schools in ethnically-mixed cities across the region will be illuminated as a symbol of bridging the existing differences among young people.
Finally, a final conference aimed at promoting the impact of the joint UN-RYCO project and the results achieved in the region will take place in a hybrid format. It also focuses on showcasing the tools and methodologies developed and raising awareness of the key stakeholders on importance of further joint interventions conducted through partnerships in the same field.
The campaign “YOUth Inspired by Peace” is undertaken in the framework of the joint UN-RYCO project “Supporting the Western Balkan’s Collective Leadership on Reconciliation” funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. It is implemented by the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) and the three UN Agencies – UNDP, UNFPA, and UNICEF. The project aims to build capacities and momentum for RYCO, empower young people in having their voice in public decision-making that affects their lives, as well as strengthen them to be a factor in building and maintaining safe and peaceful environments for themselves and their communities.