THE YESPeace Network: The 2030 Global Youth Partnership for Change

The YESPeace Network is a collaborative effort, led by UNESCO MGIEP, to transform education and ultimately achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially Target 4.7. It aims to create a critical mass of young people who envisage a more peaceful and sustainable society and become active crusaders for achieving the SDGs.

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About YESPeace

The YESPeace Network is a collaborative effort, led by UNESCO MGIEP, to transform education and ultimately achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially Target 4.7. It aims to create a critical mass of young people who envisage a more peaceful and sustainable society and become active crusaders for achieving the SDGs. YESPeace is a unique global initiative positioned strategically to support youth initiatives to create education systems best suited to their future.
YESPeace Network encourages and aspires to nurture a culture of cross-border collaboration and knowledge sharing by providing young leaders and organisations working on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship a common platform to connect, engage and unify their individual efforts to form a global force for change.

What we offer

Mainstreaming youth voices into policymaking:

This is done at the national /global level to embed Education for Peace, Sustainability and Global citizenship in Education and Youth Policies. The YESPeace Network will provide a channel to bring forth the collective youth voice to policy makers and enhance the access of youth to arena of policymaking.

Empowering youth:

To take the lead in designing innovative projects around non-formal and informal learning by providing them opportunities through tools and agency, which will serve as a foundation for building more peaceful and sustainable societies.

Building capacities of youth and youth organizations:

As well as that of groups and networks working with youth in the area of education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship.

Connecting youth and youth organizations:

Cutting across various fields – practitioners, researchers, policy makers, both virtually and also face to face – and building a culture of knowledge sharing and mutual collaboration

Creating spaces for dialogue:

Across a number of key topic areas and drive a new narrative for education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship.


Why We Are Needed

Transformative education at the core necessitates a youth driven agenda aimed at enabling young people to lead change for a more peaceful and sustainable world. The YESPeace Network will engage with formal and informal education systems at different levels to work towards perspective transformation.
YESPeace Network draws its inspiration from
—1.8 billion youth in the world aged between 10 and 24, which is the largest in the history of human kind
—Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 (2030), specifically – to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, global citizenship and a cultural of peace and non-violence.
—International Decade of Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) – “to promote cultural diversity, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and participatory democratic governance are vital for development and peace, especially in time of crisis”
—UNESCO Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-20210 – “to engage young men and women as active citizens towards democratic consolidation, sustainable communities and peace.”
—Global Action Programme (GAP), Partner Network 4 “supporting youth in their role as change agents for sustainable development through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)”