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E-Consultation | Topic 2: Young people’s involvement in peace processes

Youth4Peace Facilitator • 28 April 2017

 

Welcome to the second in a series of Youth4Peace E-consultations, which aim to gather inputs by young people and other stakeholders on a broad range of topics connected to the role of young people in sustaining peace, and the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security.

From 28 April to 18 May 2017, we will be focusing on young people’s involvement in peace processes
 

How to Take Part
To contribute - and/or read comments - to the e-Consultation please sign-in. If you are not a member, you can sign-up here. Once you have signed in, you will be able to post your comments at the bottom of this page.

If you would prefer to keep your responses confidential, you can use a nickname when creating your profile, but we would be grateful if you can include your age in your response for statistical purposes and analysis.

We invite you to comment on one or more of the below questions, and are especially interested in reading about concrete examples, lessons learned and reflections on policy and next steps.

Contributions to all E-Consultation topics will feed into a Consolidated Reply that will expand the knowledge base available on the role of young people in sustaining peace and support the development of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace & Security mandated by UNSCR 2250.

 

Topic 2: Young people’s involvement in peace processes

Engaging in peace processes is often thought of as sitting at the peace table. However, it also includes creating a conducive atmosphere around peace, supporting the parties at the table via campaigns, aiding in the implementation of a peace through cease-fires and through dissemination of information, engaging in community level peacemaking, and of course being represented and representing young people at the peace table. Young people have engaged in all of the above ways, via campaigns in Colombia and Cyprus, representation in the DRC and Yemen, making their voices and views heard in Somalia and the Philippines. They have also been signatories themselves, as in the case of the Nakuru Peace Accords in Kenya, where they signed under "Youth."

With this in mind, we would like to hear from you about:
 

  1. What does a peace process mean to young people?
     

  2. Why is it important to involve youth in peace processes? What can youth bring to a peace process by participating in it?
     

  3. To your knowledge, how have young people been involved in peace processes in your community / region?
     

  4. In your view, what are some of the barriers to young people’s participation in peace processes?
     

  5. What opportunities / solutions do you see to enhancing the involvement of young people in peace processes?
     


Meet the Moderators!
Gizem
Gizem Kilinç

Leading Coordinator – United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY)

Nur
Nur Laiq

Member of the Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security

Solvi
Sölvi Karlsson

Leading Coordinator – United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY)