16 Sep 2019


UN Youth Impact and The Lighthouse invite you to an event on the 16th September at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. This event explores issues around the topics of migration and statelessness, as well as highlighting the importance of communication, assimilation, and mutual understanding in a country free from conflict such as The Netherlands. The privilege of living in a conflict-free society renders it important for people in that society to be aware of the experiences of those fleeing less peaceful societies.


UN Youth Impact is a youth-led organisation based in The Hague and Leiden. It aims to create a network of students around The Netherlands to engage in the UN and its strategies for youth. It aspires to amplify youth voices and empower them in the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Agenda. To do this, UN Youth Impact helps young people to contribute toward reaching the SDGs on a local level, thus acting under a ‘Think Global, Act Local’ banner. It runs monthly challenges and organises events every few months relating to particular SDGs. The UN Youth Impact project runs as part of the activities of the Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, a position shared between Leiden University and the Hague University of Applied Sciences


This event will consist of two parts: a chance to take part in a Crisis Simulation on the topic of statelessness, and a keynote speech from Ferry Zandvliet.


Crisis Simulations: 15:30-17:30

We will run a number of Crisis Simulation games from 15:30 to 17:30 in the Mandela and Kennedy rooms of the Lighthouse at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Participants will take part in a hypothetical scenario that has been created based on factual information regarding the processes that asylum seekers go through when arriving in The Hague. This game will run in real time, thus providing participants with an equally challenging and engaging opportunity to learn about the most crucial and complicated aspects of the asylum process, both for asylum seekers and for the relevant stakeholders.


Keynote Speaker: 17:45-19:00

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for the event: Ferry Zandvliet. Ferry was one of the survivors of the Bataclan attack in Paris in November 2015. Through this experience Ferry learned a lot about anger, fear, reconciliation, and mutual understanding. In speaking about his experiences with fear and PTSD immediately after the attack, he stresses the importance of not allowing traumatic experiences such as this to instil fear and hatred in people, which often lead to further division in societies. He also does important work with victim support and refugees. His message is significant for the theme of this event: the importance of striving for improved communication and mutual understanding rather than further entrenching polarisation through fear and intolerance. 


Ferry Zandvliet Photo by Linelle Deunk


                                                                                         *Photo by Linelle Deunk


Drinks Reception: 19:00-20:00


Photography Exhibit

We will also be exhibiting the ten shortlisted photographs from our Capturing Peace with Canon photography competition. These photographs, along with a short description written by the photographer, will be displayed in a mini-gallery for viewing when participants are not taking part in the Crisis Simulation games, and again during the drinks reception after the keynote speech.


More details will be posted in due course on this page regarding timings for the Crisis Simulations. Also, a registration link will be posted here for this event; please make sure to register when you know you can attend. If you have registered but cannot attend, please make sure to let us know!


The Hague University of Applied Sciences

16 September

Start 15:30


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