The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), with the support of the Department of National Defence, is hosting a Youth as Peacebuilders Forum as part of the 3rd UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial.
The Forum will elevate Canadian youth perspective in peacebuilding as well as review and validate the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peacebuilding. The outcome will include youth pledges to peacebuilding and a final report to be presented to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and UN Secretariat.
We acknowledge that the lands on which the Consultations and Forum will take place are on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
UNA-Canada will engage approximately 120 young Canadians, between the ages of 18 and 29, in both in-person and virtual consultations. The youth-led consultations will address the five pillars for action outlined in UNSCR 2250 (2015): Participation, Protection, Prevention, Partnership and Disengagement and Reintegration with a focus on action and sustainable partnerships.
The Consultations will take place between October 23 and November 10, 2017.
UNA-Canada is currently accepting applications for youth delegate positions. The online application form is available here.
The deadline for applications is October 11 at 11:59PM (PST). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Youth as Peacebuilders Forum
Held on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual UN Defence Peacekeeping Ministerial (November 14-15, 2017), the Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will bring together 120 young peacebuilders from Canada and abroad to address and study the findings from the Consultations. The Forum is also an opportunity to discuss UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security as well as Canadian policies regarding youth participation in peacebuilding with major stakeholders, the Canadian Prime Minister, the Canadian Minister of National Defence, and UN officials.
UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial
Canada will host the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference on November 14-15, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries and international organizations are expected to take part. Along with representatives from the African Union, the European Union, NATO and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, these delegates will discuss improvements to UN peacekeeping operations. The conference will also focus on securing new pledges from Member States.
Focus on Peacekeeping
A focus event called Focus on Peacekeeping will be held on November 14, 2017, and will complement the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference. This event will be geared towards a broader audience and will explore the importance of a comprehensive approach to peacekeeping.
Two themes will be featured:
- Youth as Peacebuilders (UNA-Canada)
Canadian and international youth will be engaged in a discussion about the positive role young people can play in mitigating the effects of conflict in their societies.
- The role of the private sector in conflict prevention
This high-level discussion will explore the importance of economic development in preventing conflict in fragile states and in sustainably rebuilding post-conflict states.
More information on the Conference is available here.
UNSCR 2250 (2015)
In December 2015, the historic United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security was unanimously adopted. The resolution, for the first time, recognized the importance of youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
The resolution highlights five pillars for action:
- Member States should consider ways to increase inclusive representation of youth in decision-making at local, national, regional and international levels
- All parties to armed conflict should take measures to protect civilians, including youth
- Member States should facilitate an enabling environment in which young people are recognized and provided support to implement violence-prevention activities
- Member States should take into account needs and participation of youth in peace efforts, and engage local communities and non-governmental actors in countering violent extremism
Disengagement and Reintegration
- Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration activities should consider the needs of youth affected by armed conflict
Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security
UNSCR 2250 (2015) requests the Secretary-General “carry out a progress study on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels”.
The Progress Study seeks to include young people in peace and security through an inclusive and participatory methodology. Regional Consultations are being organized in East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, the Arab States Region, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean, providing young people with an opportunity to substantively contribute to discussions on key peace and security issues in their communities, and to identify solutions for – and indicators of – progress. Focus group discussions with various “hard to reach” youth are also being commissioned to peacebuilding organizations in 20 countries.
The results of the Progress Study will be presented to the Security Council in 2018.
More information on the Progress Study is available here.
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