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BGF to form The Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security (YLNP)

(Cambridge, MA) – As a part of its effort to engage the young people into building and implementing Peace initiatives, the Boston Global Forum (BGF)  announced it will establish The Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security (YLNP) during the conference on December 12, 2014 with international delegates at Shorenstein Center of Harvard Kennedy School.

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(Photo Credit: Boston Global Forum’s conference on December 12, 2014)

The Network will identify exceptionally promising young leaders in the fields of politics, media, business, technology, art, and academics who are under 40 year of age and who have demonstrated a demonstrated interest in the causes of peace and security.  This network will use all the evolving tools of new media and social platforms to reach out to and impact the citizens of the world.

Under the supervision of the Boston Global Forum, the YLNP will :

  • Monitor conflict areas.  YLNP members will encourage people and organizations around the world to send reports about situations in their regions to the Boston Global Forum. Members may also be posted to conflict areas to observe and report on the situation. Monitors around the world will be able to email their reports to: [email protected] .
  • Contribute solutions of their own. YLNP members will propose initiatives, activities, and actions to encourage other nations to respect international laws and conventions.
  • Call on all governments to respect international norms and laws. YLNP members will use social media platforms, petitions, and viral videos to bring pressure to bear on governments to avoid the use of “hard power” to solve conflicts.
  • Call on the US government to lead. YLNP members will lobby the US government to; take a leadership role in the resolution of conflicts, encourage all countries to respect international laws and treaties.
  • Recognize and honor outstanding contributions to Peace and Security. YLNP will identify and honor those people whose work has produced significant contributions to the peace and security in the Pacific  or advances in the field of cyber security.
  • Work to safeguard the freedom of access to information on the Internet. YLNP members will identify problem areas and use new media and social platforms to call help insure the freedom of access to information on the Internet. They will also identify emerging threats of to cyber security and incidents of cyberterrorism.

The work of the Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security will be managed by the Boston Global Forum’s Board of Directors.

Its daily operations will be run by the Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellows.