The adoption of the Amman Youth Declaration was the culminating point of the first Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, hosted on the 21st and 22nd of August 2015 by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Forum, marked a turning point in recognizing young people’s role for peacebuilding through a multi-level, intergenerational conversation that defined a new international agenda on youth, peace and security. For the first gathering of this kind, young people, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and UN entities came together to agree on a common vision and roadmap to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism and building lasting peace. The Global Forum was attended by nearly 600 participants, including 200 young people representing 80 nationalities.
The declaration highlights the four key areas where the international community should partner with young people:
- Participation and leadership in peace and security issues
- Preventing violence and building peace
- Promoting gender equality
- Young people’s socioeconomic empowerment.
It was drafted after a consultation involving 10,000 young people engaged in peace and security issues from around the world, and then discussed, developed and adopted by the 200 young peacebuilders at the forum.