Canada announces support to empower young peace advocates in Middle East

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale yesterday announced a contribution of $168,011 to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv-Jaffa to train and empower Israeli, Palestinian and other Middle Eastern and North African young leaders as peace advocates.

The Peres Center was launched in 1996 by Shimon Peres, a former prime minister and president of Israel.

This contribution, made through Global Affairs Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs), will train 100 young leaders in citizen journalism, storytelling, the use of new media, and video and photojournalism, enabling participants to use these newly acquired skills to promote messages of peaceful coexistence online and within their networks and communities. The training will take place through online course as well as workshops in Jerusalem and Jordan.

PSOPs is at the heart of Canada’s engagement on the world stage in the areas of international peace, security and stability, and helps to address the factors that create conflicts and violence. Through PSOPs, Canada is working with allies and the international community to help local societies to forge pathways out of conflict and fragility toward peace and stability.

“Canada is committed to engage with its international partners and allies to support efforts that promote peace and security abroad. I am very pleased that Canada’s contribution will foster participants’ skills in communication and storytelling, and help to underscore the importance of dialogue and understanding among the leaders of tomorrow,” said Goodale.

“Supporting the Peres Center’s work to empower young leaders and promote peaceful coexistence is a fitting tribute to the late Shimon Peres, whose legacy as a tireless advocate for peace will not be forgotten.”

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