Welcome to the Discussion Room
Please introduce yourself and share your insights. To take this discussion forward, we propose the following guiding questions.
As shown in the progress study on youth, peace and security (2018) ‘the missing peace’ identifies three mutually reinforcing strategies:
1. Include youth by transforming systems of exclusion:
a. What kind of support to youth engagement in peace processes and national dialogues has proven more meaningful and effective?
b. Can you share any successful stories of addressing legal, structural, social and cultural barriers for young people’s political participation, and in particular for young women?
c. Can you share information on recent, ongoing and/or planned support for youth participation in mechanisms for decision-making on peace and security? What new initiatives do you deem essential to increase trust between young people, governments and the multilateral system?
d. From your point of view, what should be key priorities in promoting and protecting the human rights of young people? Why?
e. How have you supported the participation of diverse young people in economic development planning, and the development of fair, inclusive and gender-sensitive labour policies that have contributed in sustaining peace?
2. Partner with youth through legitimate and meaningful partnerships
a. Considering your own experience, what have constituted successful partnerships between youth organizations, movements and networks and the United Nations and other partners and stakeholders?
b. In what way have you engaged in / with youth advisory boards, youth-sensitive and youth-inclusive conflict analysis and / or designed projects with young people leading or co-leading the process?
c. What initiatives can increase a young workforce in peacebuilding efforts?
d. Can you share successful stories of including youth voices and priorities in responses to conflict and violence through mechanisms for dialogue and accountability?
3. Invest in the capacity, agency, and leadership shown by young peacebuilders and an enabling environment
a. What should be key priorities in recognizing and supporting youth-led peacebuilding organizations at the subnational level?
b. Do you have any good lessons learned from investing in young women’s leadership in peace and security through initiatives for the promotion of gender empowerment and women, peace and security?
c. How can the investment in entrepreneurship and youth-led social innovation best have an impact for peace in the long-term?
d. How can accessible and meaningful funding be made available to youth peace work in a better way?
Thank you for this week’s e-discussion on investing in young people as agents of change to sustain peace! Here follows our summary (4-10 January 2021):
Include youth by transforming systems of exclusion
Partner with youth through legitimate and meaningful partnerships
Invest in the capacity, agency, and leadership shown by young peacebuilders and an enabling environment
Examples: We had insights shared on youth, peace and security in relation to the prevention of electoral violence, participation in decision-making processes, investment in youth organizations, and youth-led peacebuilding and heard from Nigeria, Ghana and the Philippines.
The insights from the discussion resonates with Lynrose's experience from the Young Women + Leaders for Peace-Philippines where they integrate the pillars of YPS and WPS Agenda in ensuring that the voices and meaningful participation of youth and women are amplified in spaces especially in political decision making processes. Furthermore, Protection is crucial in ensuring that youth become meaningful partners in the institutionalization of YPS. This calls for strong mechanisms of human rights protection for youth peacebuilders. The Philippines lacks a strong human rights protection mechanism for young peacebuilders against state intimidation and red tagging. A strong mechanism for human rights protection is a requisite to continue with the work of young activists.
We wish you a continued fruitful conversation and are pleased to handover the facilitation to our co-moderators.
Best wishes, Lynrose and Maria