SDSN Youth awarded Young Peacemakers Prize at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

New York, October 3rd - SDSN Youth´s Global Coordinator, Siamak Sam Loni, and SDSN Youth´s UN Focal Point, Isabel Pérez Dobarro, were awarded the Young Peacemakers Prize on behalf of the organization’s peacemaking efforts worldwide at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. The award comes with the recognition of SDSN Youth's promotion for action by the youth in implementing the SDGs, as well as its commitment to foster dialogue and peacebuilding.

Siamak Sam Loni and Isabel Pérez Dobarro were each handed a symbolic olive branch from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

SDSN Youth had taken a part in the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Forum at Augsburg University this past September 13 to 16, participating in two panels, one workshop, a presentation, and a concert. The goal of the conference is to inspire peacemaking efforts through exposure to the exemplary work of past Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. This year´s forum honored the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.  


At the High-Level Dialogue on Thursday, September 14, SDSN Youth team members Siamak Sam Loni, Isabel Pérez Dobarro, and Tasya Kamila, along with Youth Solutions Report innovator and GREEN Program CEO Melissa Lee, gave an overview of the organization and presented SDG16-related projects included in the Youth Solutions Report.

On Friday, September 15, Isabel Pérez Dobarro was a panelist at the session The Role of Artists in the Promotion of Peace and Social Justice. This session explored the possibilities for dialogue among the arts and showed positive examples towards peacemaking developed by artists in different disciplines. Isabel Pérez Dobarro presented the opportunities that SDSN Youth Arts Twenty Thirty could facilitate in this regard.

That evening, Isabel Pérez Dobarro and Tasya Kamila opened the Peace Concert, performing works by Arts Twenty Thirty Network artists Juan Antonio Simarro and Merlijn Twaalfhoven, as well as covers of the timeless songs What a wonderful world and Imagine.

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The next morning, Isabel Pérez Dobarro and Melissa Lee presented SDSN Youth´s initiatives to a group of high-school students at the Youth Forum. That same afternoon, at a workshop entitled Youth Solutions Transforming the World, Siamak Sam Loni and Isabel Pérez Dobarro introduced students from Augsburg University and attendees from the Nobel Peace Prize Forum to the ongoing work of the SDSN Youth.  

It was an extraordinary experience in which SDSN Youth team members had the opportunity to exchange knowledge, share their opinions on peacebuilding, build bridges of understanding, and promote dialogue across different cultures



Isabel Pérez Dobarro is the UN-Focal Point and Arts Twenty Thirty Project Lead at SDSN Youth. Isabel has received a J.D. in Law in Spain (UNED), a Bachelor´s in Music at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid, a Master´s Degree at New York University, and is currently completing her PhD at New York University (where she started serving as an Adjunct Instructor at age 19) and an International Relations Certificate at Harvard University. 

Pérez Dobarro has been a speaker, panelist, and moderator at several high-level conferences related to sustainable development and arts, including the ECOSOC Youth Forum, the Winter and the Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations, the Vatican Youth Symposium, and the European Arts Forum at the European Parliament, among others. She has given lectures at New York University, University of Michigan, and University of Vechta (Germany). She has performed worldwide as a concert pianist.