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The Peacemakers Forum launches ...

The Peacemakers Forum launches ...

Maat cooperates with the North and South Center - Council of Europe to implement a project on “Strengthening the role of youth in peace and security in the southern Mediterranean.”

The “Peace Makers Forum”, organized by Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights, was launched over a period of five days from 21 to 25 December 2019 in the Arab Republic of Egypt in the capital “Cairo”.

The Peacemaker Forum comes within the framework of the project implemented by Maat on “Strengthening the role of youth in peace and security in the Southern Mediterranean” funded by the initiative “Initial funding for grassroots initiatives on youth participation in peace and democracy processes in the Euro-Mediterranean region” promoted by the North Center And the Council of Europe South under the Third South Program funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe.

(12) youths working for a number of youth NGOs in the four countries targeted by the project will participate in the forum: the Kingdom of Morocco, the Republic of Tunisia, the Republic of Algeria and the Arab Republic of Egypt. The training program deals with various topics and issues, such as the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250, in addition to discussing other issues such as how to promote cultural dialogue and peaceful coexistence, as well as raising the skills of young people to undertake popular initiatives that promote a culture of peace for the most marginalized and vulnerable groups. And strengthening its capabilities to prepare anti-hate speech campaigns.

The forum activities began with holding a number of general and specialized lectures on concepts such as extremism, terrorism and radicalism, and workshops to raise participants' awareness of the reasons driving young people in the southern Mediterranean region to join extremist groups and how to confront them. And work to complete the arrangements for holding a number of round tables between youth participants, a number of decision-makers, and parliamentary and governmental officials in the target countries during the coming days of the forum.

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