The United Nations Regional Office for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is launching its new initiative, the UNRCCA Preventive Diplomacy Academy. The aim is to increase cooperation and trust between communities in border areas around Central Asia and Afghanistan, to foster people–to-people contacts between diverse communities and ultimately to create a culture of mutual understanding and trust that can reduce the risk of conflict and pay peace dividends far into the future.
Adopting a unique approach, UNRCCA will conduct three training workshops that will bring together young people aged 18 to 29 from: the Zhambyl Region of Kazakhstan and the Talas Region of Kyrgyzstan (in Taraz, Kazakhstan); Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistan and Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan (in Khorog, Tajikistan); and the Bukhara Region of Uzbekistan and the Lebap Region of Turkmenistan (in Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan). Participants will receive practical training in inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, leadership and conflict management tailored to their daily lives. Participants will also be given the opportunity to design their own projects geared to fostering intercultural dialogue and cooperation across national borders. The best youth-led projects will be presented later in the year by the young people themselves at a high-level event.
UNRCCA’s outreach to the young people of all five Central Asian states and Afghanistan also serves to complement the Mission’s ongoing efforts to provide a political framework and leadership for the preventive diplomacy activities of the United Nations in the region.
The Preventive Diplomacy Academy initiative is UNRCCA’s contribution to implementing the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Youth, Peace and Security agenda in Central Asia. The efforts align with the Strategy’s first priority (Engagement, Participation and Advocacy) and fifth priority (Peace and Resilience Building), as well as with the prevention elements of Security Council resolutions 2250 (2015) and 2419 (2018) on Youth, Peace and Security. Special focus will also be placed on the interests of young women throughout the entire project, not only through the participation of young women in the activities, but also through streamlining gender sensitivity throughout the training programme.