On Tuesday the 20 April, the Global Challenges Foundation is cohosting a virtual policy forum entitled “Moving Away from Rhetoric: How to Systemically Include Youth in Peace and Climate Action” with the International Peace Institute.

The conference will being at 15:00 CET, and you can reserve a place on this link.

The following questions will guide the discussion:

  • Using the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and climate action agendas as leading examples of youth engagement, how can youth be more systematically engaged in decision-making processes at the local, national, and global levels?
  • 2021 is a pivotal year for renewing multilateralism. How can we use the alignment in the Security Council on climate change and the upcoming COP26 and Stockholm+50 Conference to transform governance structures that have excluded youth?
  • What do donors need to do differently for funding to be accessible to youth-led organizations?
  • How do we better engage youth as experts in building evidence, gathering data, and developing case studies on the synergies between peace and climate action?

This event will bring together stakeholders from governments, the United Nations, and civil society and will ensure that participation is intergenerational.


  • 15:00 Opening Remarks

    The President of the International Peace Institute welcomes the attendants and the panelists

  • 15:10 Panel discussion

    • Inga Rhonda King, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN
    • Johanna Lissinger Peitz, Ambassador for Stockholm+50
    • Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team
    • Nisreen Elsaim, Chair of UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group and Chair of the Sudan Youth Organization on Climate Change
    • Disha Sarkar, Ambassador for the International Youth Conference from India

    Jimena Leiva Roesch, IPI Senior Fellow and Head of the Peace and Sustainable Development Program