Young people living in fragile and conflict-affected countries have long engaged in efforts to prevent violence and promote positive peace in their communities.
Growing evidence has confirmed the important and positive contribution young people can make to resolve conflict and build peace. In addition, the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security in December 2015, acknowledges the power of youth-led peacebuilding as essential to building peaceful communities.
However, many questions remain about how to harness the power of youth in peacebuilding processes, ensuring their meaningful participation and establishing avenues for young people to proactively engage in peacebuilding efforts. Moreover, prevailing negative narratives continue to undermine the role that young people play in preventing violence and building peace in their communities – shaping policy, programming and funding in many countries.
To tackle this, Peace Direct and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) are convening an online consultation to broaden the conversation on this topic.
Youth and Peacebuilding, scheduled for 8 – 10 April, will be a global conversation between practitioners and academics to explore some of the questions surrounding youth-led peacebuilding, such as:
What does youth-led peacebuilding actually look like?
How do we understand the relationship between youth and peacebuilding in different contexts?
What are the key enabling factors for successful youth-led peacebuilding?
What does it mean in practice to integrate youth participation across all peacebuilding areas?
Together, we will map the experiences of youth peacebuilders around the world and look for ways of operationalising the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda.