From 7 to 11 September 2020, The Virtual Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace brings together the Women, Peace and Security community and the Youth, Peace and Security community for a new series of virtual discussions revolving around the overall theme of the Torino Forum edition 2020 : “Women and Youth at the Frontlines”, with the following specific topics being tackled by the forum through virtual tools enabling true exchange among participants:
- Women, Peace and Security during Covid-19
- Young Women Fighting War & Making Peace
- Intersectional Approaches to Peacebuilding
- Answering the call for a Global Ceasefire
- Realizing the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda
The event wants to explore the status of the agendas of the respective communities in an open exchange with the wider peacebuilding community.
Twin UN resolutions introduced the concept of Sustaining Peace, emphasizing the imperative to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict in response to worrying global trends and the increasingly complex and protracted nature of contemporary conflicts. Sustaining peace requires an ecosystem of partners working together for sustaining peace, including governments and their citizens, local stakeholders, and critical actors for achieving sustainable peace – women and youth peacebuilders.
2020 is a pivotal year with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and the 5th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250. A catalytic moment to advance the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas.
2020 is also a year of global health crises where women and youth experience the highest degree of marginalization. The COVID-19 pandemic is underscoring and exacerbating inequalities, above all gender inequality. At the same time, women make up two-thirds of the global health workforce and young people all over the world are joining the global response against COVID-19 through campaigns, volunteering and innovative efforts. The capacity to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 will largely depend on local governments and tailored community-led solutions and responses - where women and youth take part as decision makers.
The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agendas seek to address a critical gap in the international community’s efforts to address the complex challenge of preventing conflict and sustaining peaceful and inclusive societies through more inclusive approaches, which are now more important than ever.
The objective of the Torino Forum is to support efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as well as Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agendas by sparking dialogue, inspiring action and invigorating learning among women and youth peacebuilders - alongside UN staff and select participants from academia, government, private sector, and relevant institutions. By convening this event, UNSSC aims to strengthen the capacity of key actors working hands-on with peacebuilding, particularly the civil society representatives participating in the Forum.
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This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.