Jun 4, 2019

We are looking back! On November 3rd, 2022, the Youth Peace Initiative was invited to attend the 2022 Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize at the Peace Palace

The Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize is awarded every two years by the Carnegie Foundation to an institution or a person who furthers the development of international peace. This year, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) – a private diplomacy organisation based in Geneva – was bestowed with the award, in recognition of their hard work in preventing, mitigating, and resolving armed conflicts through dialogue and mediation.

Moreover, on the occasion of the Peace Prize, YPI got to meet Rhea Mahanta, Youth Ambassador of the Peace Palace and winner of the 2021 Youth Peace Prize, bestowed by the Peace Palace, YPI, and the Municipality of The Hague. As a founder of The Peacebuilding Project, last year she was recognized for peacebuilding activities such as the Rohingya Literacy Program.

Read more about the 2022 Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize here:

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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