The first conflict on which YPI has placed its focus on is the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the case of the Israelis and Palestinians half of the population is under the age of 25. However, until now the input of the youth in the peace process has been limited. Students from the Netherlands with a shared trust that the answer to conflict resolution needs to involve the youth, joined the YPI Board to organize a peace conference in 2014 in The Hague, on the Israeli-Palestinian peace issue.
In October 2014 seventeen young adults, five Israelis, five Palestinians and seven other young leaders from the rest of the world (Korea, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, the United States and the Netherlands) gathered in The Hague. They spent a week touring the Netherlands and getting to know each other, meeting ambassadors, mayors and hundreds of enthusiastic school students in the process. Following these initial days, they gathered for a number of days at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, think tank and diplomatic academy Clingendael, to work on their own statement on the possibilities for permanent peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The result of that conference is the document “Our Common Future: Paving the Road for Sustainable Peace”. This sets out a bold and realistic image of the future and highlights common points for both Israelis and Palestinians. It is intended as a starting point, and since that time the Youth Peace Initiative of Israelis and Palestinians (YPIPI) has been created to continue the great progress achieved in the Hague.
In the spirit of ‘Our Common Future’ the Israeli and Palestinian YPI participants meet once a month, alternately in Jerusalem and Ramallah. All of these meetings between the Israeli and Palestinian participants were to lead to a second 5-day conference in The Hague in the spring of 2016.
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!
Beside stimulating the peace talks in the Middle East, the YPI aims to involve the youth of The Netherlands in its mission to bring peace. Through YPI-Lectures both university and high school students will be informed, can debate the latest developments of international relations and will be taught the methods of peace building through workshop skills.
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