Youth Circle Dialogue Brings Young Leaders Together for Peacebuilding in India

Naomi MacMurdie
November 24, 2023

On November 5, 2023, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) India worked in collaboration with the American Center, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, to orchestrate the 11th edition of the Youth Circle Dialogue program. The program strives to provide young leaders with the knowledge, skills, and viewpoints needed to foster social cohesion and shape a more harmonious society.

A young leader giving a speech in front of a group of people, promoting peacebuilding through youth circle dialogue.

Youth participating in group discussion.

The Youth Circle Dialogues have brought together young individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and generations in a structured series of interactive discussions to explore intersections of peace.

This session delved into the intriguing nexus of “Peacebuilding and Space Exploration.” Organizers explained that space serves as a powerful symbol of global cooperation and unity, and it can facilitate peacebuilding efforts in several ways, including international cooperation, shared resources, inspiration for solutions to global challenges, and more. The discussion also happened to appropriately mark the month of the World Science Day for Peace and Development.

A young man holding a microphone engages in dialogue with a woman sitting peacefully in a chair, promoting youth empowerment and peacebuilding.

Dr. Markandey Rai (left) and Dr. Sanghamitra Dutta (right) at the 11th Youth Circle Dialogue hosted by GPF India.

The program was chaired by two distinguished panelists: Dr. Markandey Rai, Chairman of GPF India and Senior Advisor at UN-Habitat, and Dr. Sanghamitra Dutta, Program Executive at NASA. Both panelists gave crucial insights on Peacebuilding and Space Exploration. The event also featured the participation of William Cammet, Science, Technology, and Space Officer at the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, and Mr. Darryl Butch Woolfolk, Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi.

Engaging a diverse audience of over 75 participants from various fields, including law, science, social work, the environmental sector, business, education, architecture, engineering, and the arts, the attendees spanned many age groups, from school students to university chancellors.

A group of Young Leaders engaged in a Youth Circle Dialogue for peacebuilding, sitting around a table.

Youth participating in group discussion.

The core objective of the Youth Circle Dialogue is to bridge these existing gaps by establishing a dedicated platform that encourages youth from diverse backgrounds to actively participate in purposeful conversations.

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