European Parliament to host a high-level conference on youth, peace and security 

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The EU high-level conference "Youth, Peace and Security, Promoting Youth in Peace building" will be held in the European Parliament, in Brussels, on 23-24 May.

In partnership with the European External Action Service and the United Nations the lawmakers will discuss with young peacebuilders from Europe, Africa and Mediterrannean how to foster EU policy on youth, peace and security and better include young people in conflict prevention. They will also explore youth-led initiatives to prevent violent extremism.


The high-level conference seeks to step-up the EU’s engagement in the implementation of UN Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security (UNSCR 2250) and to promote EU-UN cooperation on youth in peacebuilding.




EP President Antonio Tajani will kick off the conference at 14.00, to be followed by presentations of the EP Vice-President Heidi Hautala (Greens, FI), EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, and Youth representatives.


After the opening session, the conference will be structured around four themes:


  • Youth inclusion for conflict prevention and sustaining peace.
  • Young people innovating for peace
  • Empowering young people to prevent/counter violent extremism
  • Protecting the human rights of youth


The thematic debates will be followed by an interactive dialogue with Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights and youth participants.


The first day of the conference takes place in Parliament’s ASP 5G-3 room from 14.00 to 18.00.


The conference will be closed by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini the next day at 9.00 in the European External Action Service building.


Detailed programme of the event is available here.


You can follow it live here.


Twitter: #Youth4Peace


Practical information for journalists


Journalists that already hold permanent media accreditation with the European Parliament will be able to access the event. For those not holding permanent media accreditation, requests to attend the conference can be sent to Video and photo journalists should get special accreditation (“T-badge”) to be allowed to use their cameras during the conference.