Youth, Peace and Security Leadership - Program Launch

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Columbia University - Pulitzer Hall

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Join us for the YPS Leadership Program Launch!

What: An event to launch Columbia’s Youth, Peace and Security Leadership Program, including a reception, keynote and a panel conversation with global, national and local practitioners, academics, and United Nations and youth leaders.

Overview Agenda:

  • 6:30pm – 7:00pm Check-in

  • 7:00pm – 7:15pm Keynote

  • 7:15pm – 7:50pm Panel, Q&A

  • 7:50pm – 8:30pm Reception

Why: At 1.8 billion, young people are not only our future, but our undeniable present, critical partners to realizing sustainable peace. Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) is a critical, emerging field and the YPS Leadership program, co-sponsored by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) and the School of Professional Studies (SPS), is designed to advance the work of youth leaders around the world by creating joint efforts between practitioners and academia.

This program will develop rigor in youth, peace and security efforts to increase effectiveness; build on local knowledge and experience to apply to a broader audience globally; enhance practice by grounding it in theory in areas related to YPS; connect global, regional and local networks via our global engagement partners; and support the implementation of the YPS global agenda. This leadership program recognizes work already being done within the YPS realm while supporting practitioners and connecting them with tools, research and practice that will elevate and amplify their work.


Speaker Bios:

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. She is the youngest senior official in the UN and the first woman to hold this position. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of work – sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action – and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, and has played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country.

Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women in Sri Lanka named“Hashtag Generation”. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day.

Beth Fisher-Yoshida is Vice Chair of Faculty at the School of Professional Studies, the Academic Director of the MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program, Co-Executive Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) and Director of the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) program. As Professor of Professional Practice, Dr. Fisher-Yoshida teaches classes on negotiation, conflict resolution, dynamical systems and conflict analysis. In her role at YPS she has been working to develop systemic approaches to building more effective communities through youth leadership in Medellín, Colombia, using a Social Lab approach. She received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Fisher-Yoshida is also a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS).

Diego Cimino is an Italian diplomat, currently serving as Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York. Since 2016, he has been serving as Head of Section for International Organizations and Global Funds within the Unit for Strategy, Global Processes and International Organizations of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC). He follows multilateral development cooperation policies, economic and social affairs, global health, education, youth, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the relations with the UN Development System (UNDS) agencies, funds and programmes. Prior to joining the Italian MFAIC he was the representative of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) to the UN, part of the Youth Advocacy Team advocating for a Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. He also served as youth representative and advocate during the 2030 Agenda, the Financing for Development and the World Humanitarian Summit processes. In 2017, he was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the “Law and Policy” category for Europe. Diego is 28 years old, born in Catania (Italy), graduated in Law at the University of Catania and pursued a Master in Diplomacy at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

Graeme Simpson is the Lead Author for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and the director of Interpeace USA and senior adviser to the Director-General of Interpeace, a global peace-building organization headquartered in Geneva working in 20 conflict and immediate post-conflict zones around the world. Graeme has an LLB and a master’s in History from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) from 1995-2005 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Errol Olton is a nonprofit director who founded and directed a community education program in the Bronx. He has worked with leading and mentoring young people for the majority of his educational career. He is the recipient of both an HSBC Educational Award and an N.A.A.C.P. Award for his commitment to education and community development. Each year, he hosts large scale community events in the South Bronx to promote positive youth and family experiences. Errol is committed to uplifting and empowering young people and their families.

Gulika Reddy is a human rights lawyer and the Founder & Director of Schools of Equality, a non-profit in India that runs activity-based programs in schools with the aim to shift social attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence and other forms of identity-based discrimination. She is currently the Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. Reddy received an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School where she was a Dubin Leadership Fellow and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School where she was a Human Rights Fellow. In 2016, Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute awarded her a Commendation for Leadership and Commitment in Human Rights, and the World Economic Forum named her one of the Davos 50.

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