Youth as Peacebuilders: Key findings and Recommendations now available!
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The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), with the support of the Department of National Defence, hosted the Youth as Peacebuilders Forum as part of the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial.
The Forum put forward Canadian youth perspective in peacebuilding as well as reviewed and validated the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peacebuilding. The outcomes included youth pledges to peacebuilding and a final report to be presented to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and UN Secretariat. Report available here.
We acknowledge that the lands on which the Consultations and Forum took 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 engaged 130 young Canadians, between the ages of 18 and 29, in both in-person and virtual consultations. The youth-led consultations addressed 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 took place between October 23 and November 10, 2017.
Youth as Peacebuilders Forum
Held on the sidelines of the 2017 Annual UN Defence Peacekeeping Ministerial (November 14-15, 2017), the Youth as Peacebuilders Forum brought together 130 young peacebuilders from Canada and abroad to address and study the findings from the Consultations. The Forum was 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 hosted 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 took part. Along with representatives from the African Union, the European Union, NATO and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, these delegates discussed improvements to UN peacekeeping operations. The conference also focused on securing new pledges from Member 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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