The Interactive Conversation to Identify Youth-led Recommendations on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies on 29 March 2021 brought together young leaders, the United Nations and diverse civil society representatives in preparation for the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 session on inclusive peace.

The event was organized by UNDP, the Global Alliance, MGCY and UNODC and over 80 participants attended the session and enriched the discussion through active participation! The recording of the conversation can be accessed here.

Young people identified recommendations on peaceful, just and inclusive societies, and stakeholders and partners listened. You can find the key takeaways here.

The key takeaways identified in this meeting will inform the inclusive peace session at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021 and contribute to guide youth engagement in the work of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.

The interactive conversation was moderated by Neville Charlton, Founder and Chairman of Youth Inspiring Positive Change, Jamaica and part of UNDP’s Youth 16 x 16 Initiative. The conversation started with a Spark Talk by Ahmed Elsabagh, the Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) on meaningful youth engagement and peaceful societies. This was followed by a briefing by Priya Sood, Coordinator of the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, introducing the work of the Global Alliance, the review of SDG 16 in 2021 and the ‘Mainstreaming SDG 16. Using the Voluntary National Review to Advance Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies’ resource.

The interactive conversation in breakout groups was facilitated by young participants from MGCY and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) with notetakers from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.

You can access further information on SDG16 here and on youth, peace and security here

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