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Progress Study | Regional Consultations

Youth4Peace Facilitator • 18 April 2017
Regional Consultations

A key goal of UNSCR 2250 is the fuller inclusion of young people in peace and security. The Progress Study models this intent through an inclusive and participatory methodology, reflected in these regional, national and online consultations.

Regional Consultations with selected young people have taken place in: Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa and Europe. These three day long Regional Consultations were co-led by the Peacebuilding Support Office, UNFPA and UNDP, and co-organized, supported and funded by various UN entities and regional partners. These consultations were essential in hearing directly from young people on the peace and security challenges they experience in their communities and the peacebuilding work they are doing to address some of these challenges. As a key part of the consultations, young people were encouraged to develop recommendations based on their discussions, which you can find in the summary reports below.

Validation Consultation

A Validation Consultation with take place at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 18 and 19 November 2017.

The Validation Consultation will be the final in a series of consultations organized for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. The Validation Consultation will bring 2-4 outstanding participants from each of the regional consultation conducted for the Study between December 2016 and September 2017: Arab States, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, East and Southern Africa, Europe, Latin America-Caribbean, and West Africa.

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Africa - East & Southern

East and Southern Africa

The East and Southern Africa regional consultation was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1 to 3 August 2017.

The consultation was organized by UN Volunteers, UNFPA, UNDP and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). A total of eighteen participants took part in the 3-day consultation.

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West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa

The West and Central Africa regional consultation was held in Cotonou, Benin from 1 to 13 September 2017.

The consultation was organized by UN Volunteers, UNFPA, UNDP, UNESCO, UNOCA, CONFEJES and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). A total of thirty-nine participants took part in the 3-day consultation, and were nominated by United Nations country offices and selected through an online open call for applications.

Arab States Region

The Arab States Regional Consultation and High-Level Dialogue was held in Amman, Jordan, from 4 to 6 December 2016.

The consultation was organized by UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA and the Peacebuilding Support Office. Fifty-nine young participants 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) were selected out of 4,000 applications gathered through an open call.

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Asia and the Pacific

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

The consultation was organized by UNFPA, UNV, UNDP, the Peacebuilding Support Office, UN WOMEN, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, UN ESCAP, UN HABITAT, UN ESCAP, ILO and IOM. A total of forty young participants from 21 different countries (Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Pacific Islands, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) took part.

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Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The Eastern Europe and Central Asia Consultation and Dialogue on Youth, Peace & Security, was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 23 to 25 May 2017.

The consultation was organized by UNFPA and UNDP with support from the Peacebuilding Support Office. Thirty-nine young participants from 19 different countries and territories (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo*, Kyrgyzstan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) took part.

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* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).


As part of a series of regional consultations organised within the framework of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UNSCR 2250, the European External Action Service, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Youth Forum and the European Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding, will organise a European consultation on Youth, Peace and Security, from 25 to 27 September 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Latin America & the Caribbean

The Latin America and Caribbean regional consultation was held in Panama City, Panama from 29 to 31 May 2017.

The consultation was organized by UN Volunteers, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women, UNHCR, UNESCO, OIJ and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO). A total of sixty-one participants from 30 countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela) took part.

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Sub-Regional: North Africa
Sub-Regional: North Africa

The sub-regional consultation on Youth, Peace & Security in North African Countries was held in Hammamet, Tunisia from 31 March to 2 April 2017.

The consultation was organized by UNFPA, UNESCO and the UN system working in the region. Thirty-two young participants from five North African countries (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) took part.

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