Youth Peace Challenge 2024

Aoi Horiuchi, Deputy Director, THINK Lobby

The Youth Peace Challenge (YPC) is a global citizenship education program for youth leadership and stewardship for peace and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development/SDGs including climate change (SDG 13) in the context of the UN Summit of the Future(SOTF) in New York on 22-23 September 2024.

Register here before you submit your essay.

General Theme: “Youth for Sustainable Future – Role of the youth for climate and peace”
How to Prepare : Read three policy briefs among 11 policy briefs of the SOTF and two Zero Draft outcome documents (Available at the provided Google Drive link below), choose one specific topic related to the general theme, and write an essay based on your experiences and ideas.
Who can participate?
  • Youths aged 15 to 30 (born between 1 Jan 1993 and 31 Dec. 2008) of any nationality
  • Refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally-displaced persons are welcome to apply
How? Individual or Group (2 or 3 persons)
Language – English
  • Written essay between 3,000 to 5,000 words excluding footnotes and references
How to Submit
Please email your written Essay in PDF to on or before 7 July 2024.
Important Dates
  • 23 April ~ 7 July – Application (Google Form)
  • 26 May – UN Future Summit (SOTF) & Theme Introduction Webinar (Virtual)
  • 7 July – Final Application and Essay Submission (via Email)
  • 17 July – Announcement of the Group Discussion’s Selected Participants
  • 27 and/or 28 July – Group Discussion (Virtual)
  • 12 August (International Youth Day) – Presentation of Essays by the Winners of YPC and Award Giving Ceremony
  • 22-23 Sep – Virtual Participation of UN Summit of the Future (SOTF) – New York
  • 1 Oct – Evaluation of UN Summit of the Future (SOTF) and follow-up
Participation Benefits and Award
  • Award presented by Director of the UNESCO APCEIU
  • Certificate of Participation issued by YPC Organizing Committee Chair
  • Recommendation Letter from YPC Organizing Committee Chair for Future Training and Scholarship
  • Membership for Alliance of Youth Peace Ambassadors (AYPA)
Contact and Inquiry 
  • -> About YPC
  • -> About YPA
  • +82-10-4293-0707 (Organizing Committee for YPC)