Cyprus: Youth Cooperation for Peace: Building bridges to counter radicalization and extremism

The Youth Board of Cyprus, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Ministry of Education and Culture, is organizing a Conference with the theme “Youth Cooperation for Peace: Building bridges to counter radicalization and extremism”.

This will take place on the 12th and 14th December in Nicosia, Cyprus.

The Conference will bring together young people from Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates to exchange views on ways to promote tolerance, mutual understanding and to dispel misconceptions and false stereotypes. During the Conference, the participants will also discuss the factors that lead young people to radicalization and violent extremism, the role of youth in building resilient communities and practical measures to support youth against radicalization and violent extremism.

The conference is centred on the idea that young people can have a positive role on this issue. According to the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 (2015) young people can positively contribute towards conflict prevention, the prevention of violent extremism and peace building. The Youth Board of Cyprus believe that it is important for young people to be empowered by becoming positive change-makers  and promoters of peace within and between societies. Following up on the2nd Rhodes Conference for the Security and Stability in May 2017, it remains essential to connect young people from different regions and offer the opportunity for open dialogue and discussion.

The conference attendees will include young people aged 18-35 years old that are either members of National Youth Council or representatives of public authorities on youth issues. Additionally civil society members involved in peace-building, countering extremism and radicalization as well as conflict prevention will also be actively involved.

CARDET will represent YEIP project by giving a presentation on the potential contribution of youth in order to prevent extremism and radicalization.