The Peace Forum and Development Makers Supports Capacity Building for Youth from Around the World
Coordinator of the Forum in Franc: Linking SDGs 5 and 16 is important for sustainable development.
Coordinator of the Forum in Libya: We are seeking to establish a youth observatory to monitor extremism in the world.
Christian, Coordinator of the Forum in Kenya: I decided to join the Peace and Development Makers Forum as a real opportunity to address the marginalization of youth.
Farah Azel, Coordinator of the Forum in Moroccan: We are trying to achieve safe societies in Africa by bridging the gaps between African youth through art and sport.
At the conference that saw the launching of the Peace and Development Makers Forum (PDMF) held by Maat for Peace in cooperation with the International Alliance for Peace and Development, 12 young people from different countries talked about the role of youth in achieving safe and secure societies. Among them were Farah Azel, Coordinator of the PDMF in Morocco; Christian Kilonoz, Coordinator of the PDMF in Kenya; Isma Benboulerbah, a French activist; and Abdel Fattah Maatouk, Coordinator of the PDMFin Libya.
Farah Azel stated that she is trying to support the realization of SDG 16 through more than one area, especially the attempt to bridge the gap between all African youth through art and sports, and to encourage Arab and African women to dream and work hard for what they believe in by providing them with the help and guidance they need to implement their development projects. She added that she knows that achieving peace requires a lot of effort and cooperation among the various stakeholders. Therefore, she called on all parties to integrate youth and make use of their energy and ideas, and to look carefully at their development initiative, which will be implemented in cooperation with the International Alliance for Peace and Development.
Christian Kilonoz, Coordinator of the PDMF in Kenya, spoke about the future negative effects of youth marginalization; tomorrow’s leaders will come to power without experience, practical skills or understanding of how to improve the lives and economies of the communities they lead, posing a real danger to the future of States. He said that this is the main catalyst for joining the PDMF, which supports building the capacities of youth from different countries of the world and gives them the opportunity to innovate and work on the ground through the implementation of development initiatives based on youth visions to achieve the SDGs at the national, regional and international level.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Forum for Peacemakers, a French activist, Asma Benboulerbah, said she would work through the PDMF to support activists and organizations aimed at highlighting the condemnation of violence against women and girls.
There is a need to ensure that the sustainability of human rights organizations working in the area of combating violence against women is supported in support of SDG 5, on gender equality, and SDG 16, on peace and justice, she added.
Abdel Fattah Maatouk, from Libya, said that there is a big dilemma to harness all the potentials to advance the Arab youth’s mind and invest the youth’s abilities to create real sustainable development, stressing that achieving this needs to emphasize the achievement of the targets of SDG 16, with real empowerment of youth as they are the most influential and affected group.
In his speech, Maatouk announced that the PDMF will adopt a youth observatory that will monitor terrorism and violence in the Arab region and preduse analyzes and forecasts on the development of extremist ideology.
The PDMF is a working mechanisms of the International Alliance for peace and Development that aims to contribute to silencing the voices of guns and achieving the SDGs by mobilizing youth efforts from African, Asian, European and Arab countries. It was launched on the sidelines of the Arab Sustainable Development Week.
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