Youth4Peace – Supporting young people’s participation in peacebuilding – Introducing Luisa Romero

The Youth, Peace and Security agenda has gained momentum in recent years and marks a shift in the understanding of who young people are and their role for peace and security. United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) is the first international policy framework that recognizes  the positive role young people play in preventing and resolving conflict, countering violent extremism and building peace. Since December 2015 Beyond Skin, as a member of United Network of Young Peacebuilders have been leading the #youth4peace strategy & active citizen initiatives in Northern Ireland using the Arts as the engagement and delivery vehicle.  Youth4Peace webpage

Introducing Luisa Romero Beyond Skin’s new Youth4Peace project manager and indeed Northern Ireland’s first Youth4Peace employee, supported by and funded through the Northern Ireland Executive Office.

Luisa, born in Colombia is a bilingual postgraduate student with knowledge in tourism, management, technology, leadership, marketing and public relations. Luisa possesses professional experience gained abroad in an international professional internship and summer programs, acquiring valuable insight into the delivery of customer-oriented high-quality services.  Luisa is the founder of Get Up And Go Colombia, a non-profit organization to transform territories affected by the armed conflict in Colombia into cultural and gastronomic destinations for tourists. Luisa has been living in Belfast completing a Masters in International Tourism Management at the University of Ulster.

Her work in Tourism & Peacebuilding has won her many awards including…

  • 2018 Chevening Award – UK  Government’s  Foreign  and  Commonwealth Office (FCO) | Bogota, Colombia
  • 2018 Young Peacebuilder National Prize – Fundacion El Nogal | Bogota, Colombia
  • 2018 RECON: Best Social Initiative in Peace and Human Rights
  • 2017 Winner of Chalmers Global Challenge – Chalmers University of Technology | Sweden

Luisa’s role will be to assist develop and deliver Youth4Peace Northern Ireland coordinating efforts with UNOY and other local and global partners.  Email address is

Beyond Skin have been on this developing journey for 3 years and finally we are delighted to have a dedicated member of staff. Beyond Skin management and team would wish to thanks the ArtsDialogue & UNOY teams for all their efforts in shaping and moving Youth4Peace Northern Ireland forward. A special thanks to Andrea Walker, Claire Louise and Shelley Deane.

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