The IBP Youth Network is a network of young people around the world committed to working for peace.
They aim to:
- Engage with young people from around the world who share a common vision for peace
- Build a just, sustainable and peaceful future
- Advocate for meaningful and effective engagement of young people in peace processes and peace movements
At IPB’s World Congress “Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda” young activists affiliated with IPB organized an international youth gathering. Nearly 40 young people from every continent, with diverse experiences and perspectives on peace participated in discussions and activities focused on peace, justice and disarmament.
Over 8 months in the run up to the Congress the participants drafted a declaration of the youth gathering through a series of open calls and discussions. This was presented to its participants on the first day of the event and discussed over the weekend.
The declaration, an initial statement, was adopted by participants in the last panel of the gathering.
The two key elements of the declaration were the creation of the IPB Youth Network, and an agreement to organize a world conference on youth, demilitarization and transformation in 2018.
World Congress on Youth Demilitarization and Transformation
The World Congress on Youth, Demilitarization and Transformation will be held in autumn 2019.
In preparation of the event there are pre-conferences happening in Latin America. A brief summary of the first conference, held in Medellín, Colombia called “Latin American Youth Congress for Peace” can be found here.
Two more pre-conferences will be held in Buenos Aires on 3rd-5th July, 2018 and in the City of Mexico in September, 2018.
If you would like to get involved in IPBYN and in organizing the Congress more information can be found on their website.