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Young Nuclear Disarmament Leaders Program In support of the change-making force of young people, PEAC Institute, a new partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), will bring a group of students to the NPT PrepCom at the United Nations in New York, NY from April 26th to May 3rd, 2019. We understand the necessity of youth involvement in high-level security discussions which implicate the safety of their future world.

This youth forum will serve as a platform in which young individuals will engage in a multicultural dialogue about peacekeeping with their peers. They will also obtain a clearer understanding of the responsibilities and realities facing political actors.

This project will inspire them to implement actions in their respective states in order to create a safer and more peaceful future world.

Vision

  • To counteract the NWS’ strategy, it is imperative for international youth to support the TPNW and challenge the NWS’ arguments by lobbying states and presenting a strong youth statement.
  • We are aiming to change the narrative on nuclear weapons: one from neo-realism and focused on nuclear deterrence policies to one focused on human security. This is an innovative constructivist approach to addressing nuclear policies.
  • To ensure that changes will occur and young people’s voices are heard, we are aiming to bring 15-20 students to New York from April 26 to May 3 for both preliminary activities and the first week of the NPT PrepCom

Components

  • In early April of 2019, PEAC Institute will organize a series of webinars, featuring leading experts from different civil society groups.
  • On April 27, 2019, Orientation for the participants in New York. At the orientation, we will review the schedule and discuss the strategy.
  • During the 2019 NPT PrepCom, the participants will be expected to monitor the plenary discussions, deliver the youth presentation, and lobby delegates to support the TPNW. The participants will work in tandem with civil society organizations to increase support for the early entry into force of the TPNW.
  • Upon completing the program, the participants will receive certificates.

2019 PrepCom

  • The 2019 NPT Prepcom will be in New York from April 29, 2019 to May 10, 2019.
  • States will engage in debates on the relationship between the TPNW and the NPT. The majority will contend that the TPNW closes the legal missing gap in the nuclear nonproliferation regime.
  • The Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) will challenge this notion and pressure states to support their stance.

Costs

  • Application Fee: $50
    • can be used as initial installment for the program fee, application fee is non-refundable
  • Program Fee | Single Room: $1,200.00 
  • Program Fee | Shared Room: $1,000.00 
  • Program Fee | Basic, no accommodations: $400.00 

Application



FAQ

1) Do I need a visa? When and how would I get one if I get selected?
If you are a US citizen you do not need a visa. If you are not, check the United States embassy site: https://uk.usembassy.gov/visiting-united-states/ It will be your responsibility to get a visa, however, we can help with any needed documentation about the purpose of the trip. 

3) What is the commitment, what is expected of the individual before and after the trip?
You will be expected to attend 1 meeting (in person or online) before departure, participate in a preporatory web series, and 1 meeting (in person or online) upon return.

4) Will I have any free time on the trip?
Yes, there will be some free time during the day but you will be expected to attend meetings. Your evenings are free.

5) Is this trip free?
No, you have to provide your own funding. However, if selected we do have student housing reserved and we will provide you links to airfare.


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Past Projects:


Nuclear Disarmament: Global Youth Forum, Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons


Global Youth Forum

This youth expedition consisted of 24 individuals age 18-30. The participants were from many South Pacific Islands, U.S, and Japan. The program ran from December 4 to 7, 2018.

 

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2018 NPT PrepCom in Geneva, Switzerland

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This youth expedition consisted of 12 individuals age 18-25. The participants were from the U.S, Japan, and the European states.  The program ran from 20 April 2018 to 25 April 2018. 

 

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International Youth Leadership Conference, Japan

From March 27th to April 5th, 2015 a group of student ambassadors from metropolitan New York City met with students in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan for a ten-day International Youth Leadership Workshop.

The focus of the workshop was to create and expand awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons; teach empathy, compassion and communication skills to youth from different cultures; and give the participants a chance to express their newfound connection and understanding through art.

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