The United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) launches the first edition of the GenerAcción Paz programme, which aspires to empower Latin American and Caribbean youth to create a region free of armed violence. The application process isopen from April 24 to May 31.

The call is aimed at young Spanish speakers between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time of participating in the programme (born between March 31, 1995 and July 1, 2006) living in Latin America and the Caribbean. Young people of various profiles and fields are invited to apply. 10 standout participants will be selected on the basis of their active participation in youth networks or associations, their organizational and leadership skills, as well as their interests and initiatives to promote a region free of armed violence.

The application process consists of two phases. Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications using the following form before May 31, and send their CV to the link provided in the form. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on June 21 with instructions on the second phase, which will have to be completed by June 30. The ten selected candidates will be notified on July 8.

The programme, which will span a nine-month period from July 2024 to March 2025, counts with a regional focus and three main stages:

  • Online training (July to November 2024): participants will be able to interact through a series of webinars with high-level regional arms control experts. Different topics will be discussed: illicit trafficking of weapons and new technologies, gender impact of armed violence, weapons in schools, and the relationship between disarmament and development. Project management training workshops will also be organized.
  • Sponsored study visit to Lima, Peru (end of November 2024).
  • Project implementation (December 2024 to April 2025): in the third phase, participants will developand implementpersonalprojects in their local or national contexts, with personalized support from UNLIREC and selected mentors.

The GenerAcción Paz programme contributes to the implementation of the General Assembly resolutions on Youth, Peace and Disarmament as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project is financed by funds from the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).

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