The emerging generation of youth are bringing new & skilled leadership to build peace & security in their communities. By equipping young civic actors & including their voices, peacebuilding & its interconnected sectors can promote intergenerational activism & encourage a youth-led movement toward innovative solutions to transforming & preventing violent conflicts. This Thematic Action Area is a collection of discussions, resources, events & more that provide knowledge & coordination opportunities around youth, peace & security (YPS).
Frequently Asked Questions
The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2250 in 2015, recognizing the essential role of young people in preventing & resolving conflicts & in sustaining peace. The resolution “calls on Member States to include young people in their institutions and mechanisms to prevent violent conflict and to support the work already being performed by youth in peace and security” (United Nations).
Peacebuilding is a broad range of measures implemented in the context of emerging, current, or post-conflict situations & which are explicitly guided & motivated by a primary commitment to the prevention of violent conflict & the promotion of a lasting & sustainable peace (Search for Common Ground).
“Conflict prevention & resolution is more sustainable when young people’s perspectives are prioritized. Engaging young people & youth community leaders in peace efforts, decision-making & institutional reform processes provides an opportunity to constructively influence areas that directly impact their lives” (UN Peacekeeping).
To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to youth, peace & security, please explore & contribute to our Discussions.
For a collection of YPS resources, please visit our Resource Library.
For a list of YPS organizations around the world, please see our Collaboration Map.