Agents of Change - 10th session of the Forum on Minority Issues
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Panel Discussion - Item 5. Minority youth: agents of change for peace and stability


Item 5. Minority youth: agents of change for peace and stability

The session will debate the role of young minority men and women as valuable
innovators and agents of change, whose contributions should be seen as an essential
part of building peaceful communities. Through the experience of three youth from
minority groups, the session will consider the creative and effective role played by
minority youth in faith-based peacebuilding initiatives, using dialogue, building
relationships, reconciliation and forgiveness, focusing on commonalities while
respecting differences. This panel discussion will address the need for meaningful
minority youth involvement — including young minority women — at all levels of
peacebuilding, conflict prevention and countering of violence and violent extremism. It
will also reflect on the benefits of minority youth ownership and leadership in peace
and conflict prevention processes. Minority youth involvement can also support
democratic governance and transition, which respects and acknowledges the rich
tapestry of a State's cultural, religious and linguistic diversity. The session will also
discuss how implementing minority rights can help to prevent conflicts and counter
violent extremism, including among youth.

Panel discussion moderated by Prof. John Packer, expert on minority rights and conflict prevention

• Ms. Wai Wai Nu, Director and founder of the Women Peace Network (Myanmar)

• Ms. Francia Marquez, Afro Colombian leader and human rights defender

• Mr. Nfor Hanson Nchanji, Founder of Cameroon News Agency(Cameroon)
Interactive Dialogue