The end of an era… And a new beginning!

May 7, 2021

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:

The past year has been one of changes and growth in YPI’s activities, and this is also true of YPI’s board. YPI’s founder and chair for the past 7 years, Thed, is taking a step back in order to further his career; read his farewell message in our latest newsletter. He will be dearly missed but we are all so excited for him and his new chapter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he has assured us he will remain an advisor for YPI’s developments.


The end of an era – thank you so much Thed for your guidance and leadership!

Former secretary Jesse, and former programme coordinator Steffie are joining forces as YPI’s new co-chairs. As such, they will share the responsibilities, and we believe this will strengthen the future sustainability of YPI as a whole.

We are also very pleased to announce that our team has grown by 3 wonderful board members:

Jurre joined us as our new treasurer

Kevin is the new secretary

Akke joined as our very first fundraising officer

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