Over the coming months, UNDP will be partnering with 18 young researchers from Occidental College to explore the contributions of young people to peace and security in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia and in the Arab States. Their research will help shed light on key questions of the Youth, Peace and Security agenda: how are young people promoting peace in their regions? What is an enabling environment for their participation? What can international actors do to support youth-led peacebuilding efforts?
UNSC Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security constitutes a milestone in bringing international recognition to the work of young people as peacebuilders and in calling for their participation in peace processes at all levels. Now, the task is to gather the evidence and turn the ambitions of the resolution into reality. The findings of these young researchers will feed into the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UNSCR 2250, and will enhance UNDP’s policy and programming - particularly in regards to engaging with young people for sustainable development and peace.
Beyond the case studies, students will be sharing their perspectives on youth and peacebuilding through a regular blog series as well as videos and interviews. Stay tuned!