UNITAR CIFAL Jeju co-organized the 10th Jeju international youth forum, which was hosted by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, with Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Office in Jeju, Republic of Korea.
The 10thInternational Youth Forum took place from 31 October to 4 December 2019. There were 154 participants (123 students and 31 teachers) from 9 countries and 27 cities across the world including Jeju’s sister and friendship cities, member cities of international organizations, and East Asian cultural cities.
Youth around the world are easily impacted by global issues such as conflict and extremism, poverty and gender inequality, though they are not responsible for most of those issues. Since youth engagement and participation in the course of securing peace and prosperity is becoming more and more important, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju has provided a platform for our young leaders to have a deeper understanding of the importance of sustainable peace.
In this regard, under the theme of ‘A Global Responsibility in the Face of Challenges: The Role of World Young Leaders in Building and Sustaining Peace’, participants discussed global issues including peacebuilding, poverty reduction and gender issues, and exchanged different cultures and perspectives. In addition, the forum fostered youth leadership development and helped participants to form friendships and trust beyond borders, and to better understand different cultures.
After one and a half days’ busy preparation of panel discussion presentation, 123 promising teenagers around the world stepped onto the stage and performed a creative, amusing and inspiring presentation on the topics they have discussed with the use of video clipping, sketching, and even acting for the audience. Participants also took a field trip to Jeju 4.3 Peace Park and Jeju Pacific Rim Park. They built a global citizenship by learning the history and culture of peace there.