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The Virtual Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace – Women and Youth at the Frontlines

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The Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace is going virtual.

Originally envisaged as a high-level event at the UN campus in Turin, Italy, the 2020 Torino Forum is leveraging innovation and technology to bring the Women, Peace and Security community together with the Youth, Peace and Security community for a series of virtual discussions and exchanges. The event will explore the status of the agendas of these respective communities in an open exchange with the wider peacebuilding community.

Introduction

Twin UN resolutions introduced the concept of Sustaining Peace, emphasizing the imperative to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict in response to worrying global trends and the increasingly complex and protracted nature of contemporary conflicts. Sustaining peace requires an ecosystem of partners working together for sustaining peace, including governments and their citizens, local stakeholders, and critical actors for achieving sustainable peace – women and youth peacebuilders.

2020 is a pivotal year with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and the 5th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250. A catalytic moment to advance the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas.

2020 is also a year of global health crises where women and youth experience the highest degree of marginalization. The COVID-19 pandemic is underscoring and exacerbating inequalities, above all gender inequality. At the same time, women make up two-thirds of the global health workforce and young people all over the world are joining the global response against COVID-19 through campaigns, volunteering and innovative efforts. The capacity to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 will largely depend on local governments and tailored community-led solutions and responses - where women and youth take part as decision makers.

The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agendas seek to address a critical gap in the international community’s efforts to address the complex challenge of preventing conflict and sustaining peaceful and inclusive societies through more inclusive approaches, which are now more important than ever.

All of the above developments give momentum to this first edition of the Torino Forum.

Objectives

The objective of the Torino Forum is to support efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as well as Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agendas by sparking dialogue, inspiring action and invigorating learning among women and youth peacebuilders - alongside UN staff and select participants from academia, government, private sector, and relevant institutions. By convening this event, UNSSC aims to strengthen the capacity of key actors working hands-on with peacebuilding, particularly the civil society representatives participating in the Forum.

Course Methodology

The Torino Forum will be leveraging innovation and technology to bring together participants in a series of virtual discussions and interactive exchanges. The Forum will benefit from a number of virtual tools enabling true exchange among participants. Participation from a number of time zones will be possible by convening live in the afternoon Central European Time. All participants will benefit from the UN Kampus platform and live sessions will be recorded.

Course Contents

The overall theme of the 2020 Virtual Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace is “Women and Youth at the Frontlines” – which will guide and set the stage for all sessions throughout the week. A series of virtual discussions and exchanges will explore the state of play for advancing the Women, Peace and Security, and Youth, Peace and Security agendas as well as peacebuilding at large - in an open exchange with the wider peacebuilding community.

Plenary sessions will be combined with smaller group workshops. Each breakout workshop will be focused on a critical agenda item and will invite active participation from all participants – co-creation will be the goal. These sessions will also serve as collaboration hubs for identifying best practices, plans and future initiatives.

In the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), on day 1 the Forum will also host a cultural event to leverage the potential of music by bringing together the cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity in support of commonly shared values around peace.

More details to come.

Target Audience

Women and youth peacebuilders, UN staff, governments, practitioners, representatives of women's and youth groups and civil society organizations, private sector, academia, and representatives of institutions working to advance the Sustaining Peace, Women, Peace and Security, and Youth, Peace and Security agendas.

How to Register

Register at this link: https://www.unssc.org/activities/public-form?id=238311&key=