Following both the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security held in Amman in 2015 and UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), a regional Consultation and High-Level Dialogue on “Youth, Peace & Security in the Arab States Region” was hosted, under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 4 to 6 December 2016.
The Arab States Consultation and High-Level Dialogue, held in Amman, Jordan, from 4 to 6 December 2016, was the first of a series of national and regional consultations for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UNSCR 2250. It was organized by UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA and the Peacebuilding Support Office. There were 59 young participants1 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. The precise number of participants from each country is listed in Annex A. 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.