“Change is not possible without young people around the world”
– Tawakkol Karman, Peace Nobel Prize Laureate
Believing in peace is not easy. Every day we receive news about violent conflicts, terrorist attacks, human rights abuses and social and economic injustices worldwide. Nevertheless – or particularly in light of this reality – striving for peace is essential. That is why we founded the “Youth Association for Peace” (YAP) in August 2015.
YAP aims at contributing to the promotion of sustainable peace by establishing a dynamic exchange between Nobel Peace Laureates and youths from Europe and across the globe. By making the Laureates’ enthusiasm and their first-hand experience available to young people, we want to balance all the discouraging and paralyzing messages about violence and grievances in this world. Our aim is to capitalize on the Laureates’ achievements to inspire the next generation of peacemakers: By sharing their ideas and values we want to motivate young people to become active, take over responsibility and stand up for the world they want to live in. On this basis we want to create a network for innovative ideas and sustainable peace projects. Over the past years, we ourselves were reminded by the engaging talks and the actions of the Noble Peace Laureates that even the smallest action in the promotion for peace and justice is essential and every single suffering that can be relieved is worth the effort and the struggle. That is why we want to share this encouraging experience with other young people and started to organize annual youth delegations to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates: Join us for the next summit and meet your role models, such as Human Rights activists and social leaders, let yourself be inspired, and most of all – become active!