Applications open for regional youth conference on peace and security

Applications to attend a youth conference in Malaysia are now open.

The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Royal Commonwealth Society will host a four-day Commonwealth Youth Dialogue Conference: Youth Workshop on International Peace and Security and Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up, in Kuala Lumpur from 2-5 April 2019. The conference aims to build the capacity of emerging young leaders to bridge communities, lead action and prevent violent extremism through dialogue.

Young people at the conference will take part in interactive workshops on community cohesion, active citizenship, leadership, digital literacy and preventing violent extremism. The event also includes a day-long simulation of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where debates will focus on international peace and security.

The programme will enable young people to better understand social change through democratic institutions and appreciate the views of others locally and globally.

Participants will gain a better understanding of their role as actors to prevent and counter violent extremism through informal and creative means. Following the summit, they will be expected to deliver future youth-led activities for their peers to help counter violent radicalisation.

For applicants:

  • you must be 18-22 years old;
  • you must a citizen and resident of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Singapore;
  • you must have an interest in peacebuilding and have some prior experience of participating in social action projects;
  • all expenses will be paid including travel and accommodation.

This programme is to build the capacity of would-be young advocates and is not suitable for experts in the field.

If you would like to be considered as an applicant, please download the application form below and submit it before 25 February 2019 5 pm GMT.

Call for participants

Download the Application Form.

For further information, please contact

This is posted by Yina Yun(TWG-YPS)


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