Peace Palace

Youth Carnegie Peace Award & Youth Ambassador

Youth Carnegie Peace Award
Education and peace are, according to Andrew Carnegie, founder of the Peace Palace, the most important conditions for both personal and social development. It is precisely the young generation that has a crucial role to play in the field of education and peace. Many young people already are, on a daily basis and with success, working for a better world.

For this reason, the Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders and Youth Peace Initiative launched a video competition to collect best practices from young peacebuilders and to put the spotlight on them. The Youth Carnegie Peace Award gives recognition to the work of young peacebuilders in (post-) conflict scenarios and aims to inspire and encourage others to start own projects. The winner of the award becomes Youth Ambassador of the Peace Palace for the duration of two years.

Youth Carnegie Peace Award 2020
Due to COVID-19 the Youth Carnegie Peace Award 2020 is postponed until further notice.

Winner Youth Carnegie Peace Award 2018: BogotArt
The Colombian youth organisation BogotArt received the first Youth Carnegie Peace Prize in September 2018 for the project ‘Letters for Reconciliation’. The board of the Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace selected, together with United Network of Young Peacebuilders and Youth Peace Initiative, the winner out of 32 video submissions, originating from all over the world.

BogotArt is an organization led by young people that uses art as a means to increase social inclusiveness. The project ‘Letters for Reconciliation’ creates a dialogue between disconnected groups in Colombia. According to the jury of the prize, the project in an impressive way addresses the challenge of promoting meaningful youth participation in peace transition processes. Moreover, the project creates protected areas for communication and trusted civic spaces for youth to operate in their local contexts.

Youth Ambassador 
Leonardo Párraga, director of BogotArt, will be the Youth Ambassador of the Peace Palace till autumn 2020. “In Colombia, after more than fifty years of warfare, we have seen our community polarized by the scars of conflict. This led to groups that are unconnected and characterized by prejudice and stereotyping,” said Párraga. “We have seen the need for dialogue; civilians and ex-FARC soldiers now engage in dialogue with each other without resorting to prejudice and thus gaining an understanding of mutual humanity. It is a great honour for us to receive recognition for our project, because it shows that young people are able to overcome conflicts and achieve lasting peace”.