Welcome to the UNDP Community on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security adopted by the United Nations Security Council on December 9, 2015 represents a milestone for the advancement in recognition of the contributions of young people in peacebuilding and violence prevention, it is the first Security Council resolution to recognize the important role that young women and men play in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security.
It urges Member States to consider establishing mechanisms that empower young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes and dispute resolution. Resolution 2250 establishes five pillars of action that should guide the work of Member States and UN entities in this area: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships, and separation and reintegration.
In the Latin American and Caribbean region, there are several challenges to advance the youth, peace and security agenda adapted to the context of the region, where there are no countries with official conflict, but where there is a serious situation of violence and criminality that affects adolescents and young people to a greater extent. In the region the main challenge seems to be the building of a narrative that could reflect more clearly the context in which violence take place in the region, that doesn’t always relate to armed conflicts and to tailor better peacebuilding processes where not only youth are recognized as a population that is affected, but also, that is resilient to a diversity types of violence and have capacity to contribute to the generation of innovative solutions.