Putting into practice Resolution 2250

      

Background

On 09 December, 2015, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first ever resolution on Youth, Peace and Security (UNSCR 2250), thereby recognizing the importance of the positive contributions which young people are making for the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security. Furthermore, it affirmed the important role that youth need to assume in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and called for the engagement of youth as partners and leaders at all levels of decision-making and in peacebuilding processes. While Resolution 2250 has thus set the frame for a wider debate on this topic, it does not provide concrete guidance on effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels. “The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security”, which will be presented in the Open Debate of the Security Council on 23 April 2018, for the first time formulates practical guidance for the implementation of Resolution 2250.

The progress study urges the international community to “invest in the capacities, agency and leadership of young people”. The way forward is thus very clear: we need to strengthen the confidence and capacities of young leaders who can generate solutions aligned with their values, while addressing root causes and systemic challenges. It has thus already become clear that education, training and capacity building of both youth and their counterparts at local, national and regional levels are essential to translate Resolution 2250 from the halls of the United Nations to policy makers, actors and change-agents at the ground level.

Youth and Peacebuilding Course

In line with this priority, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), one of the main training arms of the UN, has developed an e-learning course on the topic of Youth and Peacebuilding. The course enables learners from around the globe to better understand the current situation of youth in complex contexts, their needs, challenges and potential, and to explore possible entry points for young people’s involvement in peacebuilding activities and strategies.

Through two parallel tracks for young people and relevant decision-makers in fragile contexts, the course provides participants with the opportunity to develop strategies for youth empowerment, and serves to enhance basic skills that are critical to successfully contribute to peacebuilding processes.

Target Audience

Young people aged between 15 and 30 from around the globe, already working, or interested in engaging with others in the fields of peacebuilding and political decision-making. Special attention is given to meaningful youth participation in post-conflict and fragile settings.

The course offers…

  • Knowledge and skills to successfully participate in a wide range of activities, contributing to creating and sustaining peace
  • Strategies to identify gaps and entry points for youth initiatives within existing peacebuilding processes
  • Examples of constructive ways for young people to use their potential and motivation for meaningful participation in social and political life, and to bring about peaceful social change.

Youth partners, such as decision-makers, politicians, and civil society members from around the globe, who are interested in taking an active role in youth empowerment and working with and for young people in the context of creating and sustaining peace.

The course offers…

  • A comprehensive overview of youth vulnerabilities in conflict, as well as their capacities and potential for peacebuilding.
  • Methods to include youth in political processes and peacebuilding.
  • Flexible strategies for youth capacity development and youth-focused project implementation.

Course Outline

Youth populations in peacebuilding
The module introduces the topic of youth populations in contexts of peacebuilding. It focuses on shortcomings of the current position of youth populations in peacebuilding processes in relation to the role envisaged for youth in UNSCR 2250, and outlines the economic downfalls and security risks for societies and communities of not involving youth in peacebuilding.

Challenges of youth populations in post-conflict settings
The module focuses on the challenges youth populations face in conflict and post-conflict settings, such as systematic exclusion, trauma, lack of education, political marginalization, unemployment, and participation in the DDR process, with a transversal focus on specific challenges faced by young women and girls.

Youth populations’ potential for peacebuilding and important aspects of peacebuilding projects
The module deals with the position of young people as key actors in peacebuilding processes, highlighting concepts such as youth resilience and cross-generational approaches. It also shares recommendations and best practices to set up environments fostering youth participation in political discussion.

Inclusion and empowerment of youth populations in peacebuilding
The ‘youth track’ highlights best practices empowering youth to initiate or take part in peacebuilding projects at the local, regional, national and international level. It also offers an opportunity for reflection on participants’ passions and capabilities in relation with their communities’ priorities and needs.

The ‘decision-maker track’ focuses on strategies to enable and foster youth participation in peacebuilding initiatives at the local, regional, national and international level. It also discusses the resources, capacities, and support needed by youth to successfully take part in peacebuilding processes.

Introduction to project design and revision of best practices
The ‘youth track’ guides participants towards concretely contributing to peacebuilding processes in their immediate surroundings and in the broader societal context. For this purpose, the module introduces activities such as: context analysis, formulating the vision and outcomes of a project, setting-up a monitoring system, planning activities, “Do No Harm” considerations, and budgeting.

The ‘decision maker track’ supports participants in creating opportunities for youth to participate in peacebuilding processes, political discussion, and decision-making. It will identify different types of youth projects in peacebuilding and identify needs, priorities, and relevant channels of participation accordingly.

Public Event

Headquarters of the United Nations - Conference Building - Room E

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 15.00 - 16.30

Moderator

  • Ms. Margaret Williams, Senior Peace and Security Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).

Contributions by

  • Mrs. Urujeni Bakuramutsa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Rwanda 
  • Mr. Mohammed Foboi, Head of Students Against Destructive Actions and Decisions (SADAD).
  • Ms. Anca Gliga, UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNOAC) fellow and member of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth.
  • Mr. Kobi Skolnick, The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University.
  • Ms. Svenja Vollmer, United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

 

Background:

On 09 December, 2015, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first ever resolution on Youth, Peace and Security (UNSCR 2250), thereby recognizing the importance of the positive contributions which young people are making to the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security. Furthermore, it affirmed the important role that youth need to assume in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and called for the engagement of youth as partners and leaders at all levels of decision making and in peacebuilding processes. While Resolution 2250 has thus set the frame for a wider debate on this topic, it does not provide concrete guidance on effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels. “The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security”, which will be presented in the Open Debate of the Security Council on 23 April 2018, for the first time formulates practical guidance for the implementation of Resolution 2250.

The progress study urges the international community to “invest in the capacities, agency and leadership of young people”. The way forward is thus very clear: we need to strengthen the confidence and capacities of young leaders who can generate solutions aligned with their values, while addressing root causes and systemic challenges. It has thus already become clear that education, training and capacity building of both youth and their counterparts at local, national and regional levels are essential to translate Resolution 2250 from the halls of the United Nations to policy makers, actors and change agents at the ground level.

In line with this priority, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) will host an open dialogue on channeling into action the key conclusions of the Progress Study through local and global capacity building.

The event will be hosted by H.E. Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations and moderated by Ms. Margaret Williams, Senior Peace and Security Officer at the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).

In addition, the event will be the occasion for UNITAR and AC4 to officially announce the launches of their respective learning programmes designed to further the implementation of Resolution 2250.

UNITAR’s Youth and Peacebuilding e-learning course enables learners from around the globe to explore possible entry points for young people’s involvement in peacebuilding activities. Through two parallel tracks for young people and relevant decision-makers in fragile contexts, the course provides participants with the opportunity to develop strategies for youth empowerment, and serves to enhance basic skills that are critical to successfully contribute to peacebuilding processes.

AC4’s Youth, Peace and Security Leadership Certificate develops capacity and supports networks of practitioners and policy-makers engaged in the local and international YPS agenda. Participants engage in person and through an online portal in a comprehensive in-house professional development program designed to develop YPS-related skillsets and capacities, and culminating in the design and implementation of a practical initiative.