The Hague, the Netherlands— The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies will launch its second Yemen International Forum (YIF II) on Monday, June 12, 2023, at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
Over 250 participants from inside and outside Yemen, including members of the Yemeni government, representatives of the various parties, activists, civil society members, academics, diplomats, and international mediators will congregate in The Hague to discuss peace efforts in Yemen and current and future issues facing the country.
“The YIF aims to contribute to building Yemeni ownership of the peace process, supporting Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue, and widening the conversation on peace in Yemen,” said Waleed Alhariri, Director of the YIF, with this year’s theme focusing on Pathways to Inclusive, Just, and Sustainable Peace.
H.E. Paul Huijts, Secretary-General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, David Gressly, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Samah Subay, a lawyer and human rights activist, and Maged Al-Madhaji, Chairperson of the Sana’a Center, will address the opening session.
Ambassadors from the permanent member countries of the UN Security Council as well as representatives of Gulf Cooperation Council countries and other members of the international community will join the discussions at the forum alongside Yemeni political and civil actors. A host of plenaries, parallel sessions, and workshops will take place over the four days of the conference, from 12-15 June, during which participants will be encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue, exchange ideas, envision future scenarios for the country, and develop practical pathways toward peace in Yemen.
The YIF 2023 is organized by the Sana’a Center of Strategic Studies, an independent think tank focused on Yemen, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, the Government of Norway, Open Society Foundations, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). The first YIF was held in Stockholm in June 2022 and attended by over 200 Yemeni and international actors invested in the promotion of peace in Yemen.
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