Youth, Peace and Security

PRACTICE NOTE: Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding

PRACTICE NOTE:
Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding

The primary objective of this Practice Note is to inform policymakers and donors of key strategic and programming considerations for supporting young people’s participation to peacebuilding. Specifically, this note has been developed to:

○  offer evidence-based, promising practices in youth peacebuilding in the field;

○  advance the understanding of donors and policy-makers of complex and often interconnected policy and programme considerations for more holistic support to youth peacebuilding interventions, and;

○  enhance the effectiveness of policies and funding strategies of bilateral and multilateral donors and agencies supporting youth peacebuilding interventions.

Download the Practice Note HERE.

The development of this Practice Note was a collaborative effort led by the IANYD Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding, which includes 40 partner organizations primarily from civil society and the United Nations.

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Past Events: 2015 Global Forum on Youth, Peace & Security

The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security was hosted on the 21st and 22nd of August 2015 by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Forum, envisaged as a turning point towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security, stemmed from the thematic debate organized by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during its presidency of the Security Council in April 2015. This global event builds on on-going efforts by a multiplicity of actors to decisively step-up global attention to young people’s contribution to peace and chart a common agenda. 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, culminating in the adoption of the Amman Youth Declaration.

Video Re-Cap: Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security
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Key Themes and Panel

The Forum will engage participants in conversations on key policy recommendations towards a new international agenda on youth, peace and security which will be captured in a final Declaration. This forum will provide a platform for exchange of experiences, innovative ideas and programmatic frameworks that work. and best programmatic practices. Key topics will include:

Please stay tuned for an updated format and topics.

Putting Young People at the Centre
Putting Young People at the Centre
  • Young people’s participation: an untapped resource for political stability and economic prosperity
  • Young people’s resilience: stories from conflict-affected zones
  • Youth leadership, engagement and organizing
  • Young women shaping peace
Speech and Counter Speech
Speech and Counter Speech
  • Religion/inter-religious speech and counter speech
  • The role of young people in countering violent extremism
  • Media and Communication
Speech and Counter Speech
The Role of State and the International Community
  • Investing in youth capacities for peace and stability
  • Post-conflict planning and financing
  • Governance and participation

The driving principle for the full duration of this Forum will be to create the space for meaningful intergenerational dialogue: it will create the conditions for common understanding and respect between generations and increase dialogue and cooperation between young people and adults to work together to prevent and resolve violence, extremism and conflict locally, regionally and internationally.

Organising Partners

The Global Forum was hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the Patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, and co-organized by the United Nations represented, on behalf of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), by Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Peacebuilding Support Office, UNFPA and UNDP, in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.