World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Institute at the Chateau de Bossey.


The forum is designed to open a platform for dialogue between young people—18 to 30 years old—who are working on developing innovative and sustainable solutions and recommendations to achieve peace in societies.

The forum aims to empower young men and women to launch national and regional initiatives and projects related to peacemaking and disseminating human fraternity principles.

The expanding Emerging Peacemakers Network” will serve as a platform for youth dialogue that brings together young people from all over the world.

Speakers include WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay; Judge Mohammad Abdulsalem, secretary general of the Council of Muslim Elders; Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; and many others.

Workshops will explore topics such as Religion, Youth,  and Diplomacy; Navigating Challenging Conversations; Restorative Justice; to name just a few.

WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay expressed joy at being one of the three partners hosting the event. “We firmly believe young people have the potential to be powerful agents of peace and social transformation,” he said. “With their energy, creativity, and passion, they can inspire positive change in their communities and beyond. Their unique perspectives and innovative ideas can help to tackle some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time, paving the way for a brighter future.”

The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Elders, Judge Mohammed Abdelsalam emphasized that “the Emerging Peacemakers Forum aims to shape a global youth movement capable of actively contributing to positive change and finding innovative solutions to contemporary global challenges.”

Abdelsalam concluded  “Participants are encouraged to serve as shining examples in order to inspire other young people worldwide while also directing their efforts towards peacebuilding, nation-building, and promoting the values of dialogue, tolerance, coexistence, and solidarity through a range of inspiring initiatives.”

Learn more about the upcoming Emerging Peacemakers Forum

Emerging Peacemakers Forum: website

For media:

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You are also most welcome to contact Marianne Ejdersten, WCC director of Communication, [email protected], +41 79 507 63 63.