Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN)
The Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) brings together young people from across the Commonwealth to upscale and optimise grassroots, national, regional and Pan-Commonwealth efforts to promote peace, respect and understanding and preventing violent extremism. These young people range from community-level and policy-level peace advocates and includes young people who use alternative methods to peace-building from photographers to cartoonists to sportspeople. CYPAN aims at fostering collaboration between members and creates space for policy advocacy as it relates to peace and countering violent extremism.
It is an initiative that is completely youth-led and supported by the Commonwealth Secretariat. The membership of CYPAN spans all Commonwealth regions (Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Americas, Europe, Pacific) and includes young people who work to promote respect and understanding as well as those who work in the heart of conflict zones of countries such as India, Pakistan and Cameroon.