Welcome to the website of the Youth Peace Initiative. This website provides information about the Youth Peace Initiative, a Dutch initiative set up by young professionals in order to foster the participation of future generations in peace negotiations throughout the world. In addition, we aim to inform young people about peace issues by organising YPI-Lectures and workshops.
As part of the “Futures of Syria” Conference taking place from 18-22 September and the Just Peace Festival, Youth Peace Initiative (YPI) and The Hague Peace Projects warmly invite you to join us during our movie screening and discussion on 21 September, in the atrium of the International Institute for Social Studies. Find out more on our event page!
Our latest newsletter has been released this Summer, summarising our latest developments and plans for the future. They also share a few lines about our new board members! If you are interested, you can read the newsletter online or if you want to stay updated in the future, you can subscribe to the YPI newsletter to stay updated!
The Hague Peace Projects hosted an event on 19 June 2017 on the future of Syria and YPI was invited to host a workshop. Curious? Have a look here!
Big event coming up on the 28th of June, when the municipality of The Hague is launching The Hague Humanity Hub in the international city of peace and justice. A pre-opening event under the name Open Space will take place to give you a little taste of the powerful things that happen when people with different skills and areas of expertise come and work together. YPI will be there and so can you! Interested? Open your invitation, read more about the event, and register online!
Our friends at “Gast aan Tafel” (Dutch for “guest at the table”) continue to help refugees in The Netherlands and Dutch families to meet each other over dinner. By regularly having these joint dinners, both sides will get to know each other better and better, as these meetings provide the chance to talk about culture and background. This will enhance mutual understanding, respect and maybe even friendship. Curious about the initiative? Visit their new website here!
On 24 April 2017, YPI welcomed its brand new Syria Delegation at the first event for these young Syrian refugees in the Netherlands. Read about the day in our report here!
This January, Paris hosted a peace conference regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. YPI and a small group of delegates went to Paris and were able to talk with the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders. You can read a short impression of the event and their meeting with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs here!
The Youth Peace Initiative is proud to present its Syria Conference, where we invite Syrians in the Netherlands to discuss the future of Syria. Interested? For more information on the Conference and how to apply, click here.
On the first of October 2016, YPI launched a pilot for a new project aiming at a better integration of refugees in (Dutch) society. The project is called ‘Guest at the Table’ (‘Gast aan Tafel’). For more information, click here.
From Sunday 28th of May till Friday the 3th of June 2016, YPI organised a new conference. Our expanded – with regard to the 2014 conference – Israeli and Palestinian delegations came to the Netherlands, where they spent an intensive week of dialogue on several sub-topics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how youth could bring positive change. Click here to read more!
Are you eager to apply your knowledge and passion to foster peace in real life? Do you want to organise international conferences, workshops and lectures? Then join the Youth Peace Initiative! Read More
On the 10th of May, YPI organised a lecture on ‘Education for Peace’. The evening was all about how education can be used as a tool to promote peace and reconciliation. We would like to thank our speakers – Donia Khraishi, Leehoo Pansky, Nedal Zahran and Oded Rose – for making it a wonderful and inspirational evening and The Hague Institute for Global Justice for having us at their wonderful venue.
On Wednesday 6 April the Youth Peace Initiative co-organised a discussion evening together with Het Grote Midden-Oosten Platform on ‘Alternative Roads to Peace’ with a focus on Syria at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. The discussion was moderated by Petra Stienen, Middle-Eastern specialist and diplomat and winner of the Aletta Jacobs Emancipation Prize 2016. One of the speakers was Rafif Jouejati, Co-Founder and Director of the Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria). The other speaker was our very own chairman: Thed Brouwer. He spoke about one of the ‘alternative roads': the work of YPI. Read More
YPI hosted its High School Event yesterday at the International School in The Hague. It was an amazing day in which students learned about the complexity of conflicts. The day started off with an interesting lecture by Sylva van Rosse of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy. After the lecture, it was time for the students to get in action. The first workshop was given by André Krouwel and Daan Aalders of the Election Compass (KiesKompas). Within this workshop, students had to take a stand towards different propositions and explain why they chose this position. In the second workshop, Paul Meerts – who worked for and is still involved with the Clingendael Institute – showed the students, on the basis of an interesting case study, that it is extremely difficult to form an opinion about ‘good’ and ‘evil’ since these concepts differ across the world.
We would like to thank all the speakers for their valuable lecture/workshop and principal Rick van Vliet for having us at his beautiful school.
YPI launched an essay competition in which the participants had to find a creative answer to the question: “What would I do when I was Abbas, Netanyahu, or myself to improve the peace process between the Israeli and Palestinians”.
After weeks of evaluation by our prominent jury the winner of YPI’s Essay Competition was decided. The official award ceremony took place at our New Year’s Reception on Wednesday 28 January. The third place went to Kristiaan Koop, who was unfortunately not able to attend the ceremony. He wrote a very creative essay from the perspectives of Mr. Netanyahu, Mr. Mahoud and his own perspective as well. Eva Vas Nave made it to the second place by writing an interesting essay in which she discussed several social and political changes which have to be made. And the winner of YPI’s Essay Competition 2015 is Bas Kleijweg. He wrote a nice and original essay in which he suggested that education might be key for resolving the conflict. He wrote an comprehensive plan in which he guided the reader step by step, explaining why certain steps were important. By writing this essay he won a trip to Jerusalem with the YPI Board!
Read here an interview with Bas by Leiden University’s Journal Mare about his winning essay (p.8).
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