2 April 2021
On 29 March 2021, the United Nations and the Government of Turkmenistan have convened the International Youth Forum for Peace and Trust which was organized as a follow up to the Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 12 September 2019 proclaiming the year 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust.The high-level forum organized in a video-conference format brought together the representatives of the UN System, in particular the Office of the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Youth, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UNODC, OHCHR, UNRCCA, as well as the National Youth Councils, regional youth organizations and the civil society to facilitate a global dialogue to promote youth participation in formal peace dialogues and amplifying the importance of creating a climate of trust between the nations.
The Forum aimed at encouraging the UN Member States, UN entities, regional and sub-regional organizations and other relevant actors to consider instituting mechanisms to engage youth in the promotion of a culture of peace, tolerance and intercultural and interreligious dialogue and develop, as appropriate, an understanding of respect for human dignity, pluralism and diversity.
During the first segment of the Forum young leaders representing youth organizations and networks from the region and beyond exchanged their views on importance of youth participation for regional peace and creating a culture of trust at all levels. They also contributed to the Joint Appeal of the participants of the Forum that was later adopted.
The results of the Ashgabat Youth Forum will contribute to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum to be held on 7 and 8 April 2021.