The United Nations Security Council adopted unanimously, on 9 December 2015, a ground-breaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security which recognizes that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”.
UNSCR 2250 (2015) identifies five key pillars for action: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships and disengagement and reintegration. This landmark resolution urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels and to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes.
The Security Council also requests the Secretary-General of the United Nations to carry out a study on young people’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, and urges Member States to “increase, as appropriate, their political, financial, technical and logistical support, that take account of the needs and participation of youth in peace efforts, in conflict and post-conflict situations, including those undertaken by relevant entities, funds and programmes, and other relevant bodies (…) and actors at regional and international levels”.
Prior to its adoption, Jordan’s permanent representative, said the resolution — considered the first of its kind on youth, peace and security — followed efforts by the Crown Prince of Jordan, a high-level thematic debate at the Security Council, and the Global Forum on Youth Peace and Security co-organized by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, UN and civil society partners, in Amman, in August 2015.
UNSCR 2282 (2016) on the Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture refers explicitly to UNSCR 2250, reaffirms “the important role youth can play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and as a key aspect of the sustainability, inclusiveness and success of peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts”, and calls upon “Member States and relevant United Nations organs and entities to consider ways to increase meaningful and inclusive participation of youth in peacebuilding efforts (…)”.
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- Click here to read the Amman Youth Declaration (2015)
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