Meeting with the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem

May 24, 2022

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: https://www.vredespaleis.nl/centre-for-humanitarian-dialogue-receives-2022-carnegie-wateler-peace-prize-for-conflict-mediation-worldwide/?lang=en

As part of his first visit to the region, Minister Wopke Hoekstra met with Youth Peace Initiative and other key organizations in peacebuilding 🕊 and cooperation last week, on the 18th of May.

In an open dialogue, we discussed peacebuilding in the region, noting the ongoing challenges for youth in the conflict. Moreover, we postulated the opportunities and what third parties can do to support youth in the region. 

There is hope and fortuity for grass-root organizations and civilians working for a better world, and now more than ever we need to get together and strive for peace. 

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