Arkadag, 3 October 2023 (TDI): The International Youth Forum, “Dialogue is Guarantee of Peace” was hosted by the Arkadag city on October 2, in Turkmenistan.

The event was organized by the Government of Turkmenistan with the active participation of the Office of the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan & the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA).

The Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy (UNRCCA), Kaha Imnadze also participated in the International Youth Forum, “Dialogue is Guarantee of Peace”.

The forum was attended by young leaders, activists, students, entrepreneurs, and innovators from Central Asian countries and co-sponsors states of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

As per the UNGA Resolution, the year 2023 was declared as the International Year of Dialogue as a guarantee of peace.

The forum aimed at promoting peaceful dialogue as an essential tool for resolving conflicts and overcoming differences between people around the world through the use of diplomatic instruments.

Besides that, the Forum centered on discussing crucial issues of the current time, including the use of new technologies in peacebuilding, the relationship between climate change and peace, and issues of digital diplomacy.

It also emphasized the task of promoting peace through culture and art. The participants during the Forum exchanged views on youth initiatives in the field of peace and social cohesion.

The participants of the International Youth Forum “Dialogue is Guarantee of Peace” also stressed on continuing this peace dialogue on important proposals and opinions expressed during the event.

In this regard, the parties attending the International Youth Forum “Dialogue is Guarantee of Peace”, agreed with the proposal of the Turkmen side to hold international dialogue forums regularly as a guarantee of peace.

With agreeing on the proposal it was aimed to provide young people with the necessary institutional platform for strengthening peace and trust based on intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, and cooperation.

Following the Forum, a Memorandum on the establishment of a Dialogue of Youth of Central Asian countries was also signed. The Forum also featured the exhibition of Turkmen arts and crafts.