On December 8, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) has launched a call for applications for the first Online Youth Consultation on Preventing Violent Extremism through Sport (taking place on January 20-21, 2021), within the framework of the UN Global Programme on Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism, implemented by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) in partnership with UNAOC, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the International Centre for Sport and Security (ICSS).

The consultation aims to gather the input and guidance of young people in developing various outputs such as an awareness campaign to be launched concurrently with global sporting events next year and with the involvement of professional athletes; a policy guide; a handbook; and an app. These products will aim to advance the power of sport and its social values as a tool to prevent violent extremism, and to strengthen the engagement and cooperation of youth and Member States in using sport to promote sustainable peace and development.

We are looking for young leaders that between 15 and 29 years old who wish to contribute to the advancement of sport in promoting social inclusion, ensuring sustainable peace and preventing radicalization and violent extremism. Having experience with policy guides, innovative programmes, knowledge sharing tools and/or awareness raising/communication campaigns is an asset.

There are no restrictions with regard to geographic location. The deadline for young people to submit the application is 24 December 2020, 4:00PM Eastern Daylight Time (New York).

Further details and instructions on how to apply are available at: https://apply.unaoc.org/youth-sport