Since 2017, Global Young Leaders, in partnership with the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has collaborated to scale the impact of young leaders working to build and restore peace at both a community and global level.The Global Young Leaders Summit 2021 in Munich will see 100 additional young leaders join the Global Young Leaders Enterprise for Peace and Global Young Leader Peace Ambassador intiatives.Each member of the 2021 cohort has shown evidenced commitment to building lasting peace, by directly tackling violence, countering the harmful effects of environmental change or promoting education to battle youth unemployment.
The Global Young Leaders Peace Ambassador programme, in partnership with the European Commission, supports young people working to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) in their communitiesSince 2017, the European Commission has supported 125 young people in developing countries who are active in P/CVE and peacebuilding initiatives.All of the selected candidates have an excellent track-record of leadership, are engaged in at least one, and often multiple, initiatives in their local communities and represent a diverse range of geographical backgrounds, religions and ideological affiliations to support peace globally.
Extremely Together is a counter-extremism initiative from the Kofi Annan Foundation. Launched at the Global Young Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada, Extremely Together brings together 10 young counter-extremism activists and their organisations from around the world – including Syria, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and the Philippines.
As Global Young Leaders Founding Counsellor, the late Kofi Annan said: “Extremism can hit any country, any region, at any time, and locations we don’t expect – schools, churches. So we are all in this together, and we need to find a way of countering it.”
In 2018 Global Young Leaders brought together a first-of-its-kind coalition of young leaders who are dedicated to ending the plight of sexual violence around the world. Following their presentation at the Global Young Leaders Summit, the young leaders have continued to support each other and hosted the first Survivors Town Hall at the United Nations.
The Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates (WSNPL) has launched a five-year partnership with Global Young Leaders, with the shared goal of equipping young leaders to make a difference at a community and global level. The Permanent Secretariat of the WSNPL also recognizes the important role that youth play in promoting messages of peace, and established its Youth Program, Leading by Example, in 2012. The partnership affords Global Young Leaders the opportunity to bring a delegation of Global Young Leaders Ambassadors to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, where they will also have the opportunity to host a Youth Workshop or PeaceLab.