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Regional Consultations

Youth4Peace Facilitator • 18 April 2017
Regional Consultations

Regional Consultations are being organized in all regions with selected young people. These two to three day long Regional Consultations are being co-led by UNFPA and UNDP, and co-organized, supported and funded by various UN entities and regional partners. The involvement of civil society partners is also a priority in the organization of these consultations. A first Regional Consultation was undertaken for the Arab States Region in December of 2016 in Amman. Consultations are being planned for Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa and Western Europe in the coming months. These consultations will be essential in validating findings and formulating recommendations.


Arab States Region

The Arab States Regional Consultation and High-Level Dialogue, held in Amman, Jordan, from 4 to 6 December 2016, was the first of a series of regional consultations for the Progress Study. It was organized by UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA and the Peacebuilding Support Office. There were 59 young participants selected out of 4,000 applications gathered through an open call. These young men and women came from 18 different countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Participants were selected on the basis of their active engagement in peace and security issues, their involvement with youth-led organizations, youth-focused organization or affiliation with peacebuilding networks and non-violence movements, ensuring gender and age balance. The meeting was organized in two parts: the first two days were dedicated to the youth consultation for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. These consultations were facilitated by 3 youth facilitators from the region, through a series of parallel interactive break-out discussions. The third day was conceived as an opportunity to facilitate a dialogue between the youth participants and other regional stakeholders around the youth, peace and security agenda.

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Asia and the Pacific

The Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace & Security will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 16-19 May 2017.

The consultation is being organised by UNFPA, UNV, UN Women and UNDP in partnership with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and several other UN agencies.

This consultation is all about ensuring these young people have a voice and a real chance to shape how the UN works with young people in it’s efforts to foster peace around the world for years to come.

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Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On 23-25 May 2017, UNDP and UNFPA, in partnership with the Peacebuilding Support Office, will organize the Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Latin America & the Caribbean

From 28 May to the 1st of June 2017, the “Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security: Voices of youth in Latin America and the Caribbean” will be held in Colón, Panamá, where the contributions of young people in preventing violence and conflict and promoting and strengthening of peace will be discussed and analysed. This event would not be possible without the collaboration and exchange amongst the following organizations: OAS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UN Peacebuilding Support Office, UN Volunteers and UN Women.

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