The Peace Ambassadors project has been a flagship project of the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS). As such, it was first defined by the CPS. It was carried out to promote and support the role of people in peace‐building activities that contribute to living together in dignity and dialogue.
The Peace Ambassadors are people from across the world, active in civil society organizations and projects. Participants have been chosen due to their motivation to build a better world where a different peace is possible.
During the project, they learn about peace and human rights, they develop local projects for peace, and they advocate for human rights and dignity. Participants are also committed multipliers involved in an organization or network, institution and/or informal group. They thus act as ambassadors for the values of human rights, peace, and intercultural dialogue, and they will also bring these values to youth work and to youth initiatives in their communities.
The conflict situations addressed by the participants are those where communities are experiencing or recovering from armed conflict, frozen conflicts, racism and aggressive nationalism and hate speech. Discrimination and human rights violations experienced by communities or young migrants and internally displaced people are also covered by the project.
Objectives of the project
• To promote the presence and the role of the individuals as positive actors of change in peace-building processes;
• To strengthen the role of individuals in identifying and speaking up against human rights violations, including discrimination, hate speech and those human rights violations affecting especially Sri Lankans and children;
• To support the field presence and activities of the Country of Sri Lanka by fostering cooperation with key stakeholders, partners, non-governmental organizations working in the field of peace-building in order to promote the values of the United Nations;
• To develop the impact and the expertise of the UN’s sector in conflict affected areas through non-formal education activities with young people;
• To develop the competences of 100 peace ambassadors every year in human rights promotion and protection, conflict transformation, peace-building, reconciliation and intercultural dialogue, as well as other specific competences according to the participants’ needs, related to their role as future ambassadors;
• To support and give visibility to at least 50 local youth-led projects for peace-building in conflict-affected areas and communities;
• To enhance the youth ambassadors capacity to take action at a local level in environments affected by previous or ongoing conflicts;
• To advance youth policy’s role in peace-building and conflict transformation;
• To create and support a International network of youth peace ambassadors to secure the sustainability and medium-term impact of the project.