UN peacekeeping operations have long recognized the significance of engaging youth in host countries and territories.

Experience demonstrates that youth engagement has been critical when working with national authorities to promote and build more effective, responsive and accountable institutions in accordance with human rights standards. The marginalization of young people catalyzes human rights grievances and often fuels violence.

For UN peacekeeping operations, there are numerous opportunities and entry points for working with youth when implementing a wide range of priorities such as community engagement; gender equality; human rights; access to justice; support to political processes; conflict management; community-oriented policing; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; mine action; security sector reform; community violence reduction and reconciliation.

Youth inclusion in decision-making and political processes as key stakeholders, promotes sustainable peace and development.