In 2023, to mark the 15th annual Halifax International Security Forum, HFX launched 15@15: Youth Building Democracy. This global competition introduces young people to HFX’s vital mission of strengthening strategic cooperation among the world’s democracies.


This year's 15@15 competition is open to any individual born in 2009 and requires applicants to submit a fifteen-second video about one positive change they would like to see within the next fifteen years that will make their world more secure. The winners will receive an invitation to the 2024 Halifax International Security Forum. 

“Youth have the highest stake in our future and deserve a voice in shaping the policies that will affect their world,” said Peter Van Praagh, HFX President. “15@15 will be part of building a new era for democracy, opportunity and peace with youth leading the way.”

Halifax International Security Forum, hosted in Nova Scotia, Canada, is the world’s most consequential meeting on democracy and global affairs. The Forum brings together political decision-makers, senior military officers, industry leaders -- and now youth! -- to address the world’s most pressing security and defence challenges through the prism of democracy.


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