The international gathering recalls World War I, which ended 100 years ago. It is intended to focus on the future and come up with lots of good ideas for a peaceful future. It is also intended to create new ties between the young people – and to be fun. More than 500 young people from 48 countries in Europe and beyond are taking part.
Andreas Michaelis, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, opened the meeting on 14 November, and it will end with a discussion with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on 18 November.
The future needs young people’s engagement
Youth for Peace aims to promote young people’s engagement. During their stay in Berlin, the participants will be considering some big questions: how can peace be sustained in the long term? How can Europe remain a joint project for future generations too? It is hoped that the participants’ many different perspectives, experiences and cultural backgrounds will lead to a fruitful exchange about the past and present and help produce new ideas for peace.
The Federal Foreign Office and the Mission du Centenaire are patrons of the youth meeting, which has been organised by the Franco-German Youth Office.