YPS events on inclusive peace processes
Security Council Resolution 2250

The adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security in 2015 has paved the way for youth inclusive peace processes as it urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels and to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes (see infographic).

The Missing Peace

The Secretary-General was requested to carry out a Progress Study on youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, which led to the Independent Progress Study: The Missing Peace (2018). The progress study served as a basis for the second UNSC resolution 2419 (2018)

Mapping young people's engagement in peace processes

The question “How can young people be effectively included and participate in peace processes?” had not been fully answered, nor given adequate attention until the first International Symposium on Youth Participation in Peace Processes, which took place in Helsinki, Finland on 5-6 March 2019. The Symposium brought together over 100 participants from 45 different countries, with expertise on peace and meditation processes. (see the Summary Report of the First International Symposium

As part of the organization of the Symposium, the first global policy paper on youth participation in peace processes was developed . The Global Policy Paper We are Here: An Integrated Approach to Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes’ articulated for the first time that inclusion and participation of youth in peace processes cuts across three interconnected layers of engagement In the Room, around the Room and Outside the Room. 

Strategic Action Plan

On 20-21 January 2022 a High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Process was held virtually co-hosted by the State of Qatar, Governments of Finland and Colombia and co-organized with civil society and UN partners. 

The Global Conference built on the progress made since the adoption of UNSCR 2250, UNSCR 2419 and the latest UNSC resolution 2535 (2020) and aimed (1) to secure national commitments to advance country-level operationalization of the YPS agenda, and (2) to strengthen political  will and commitment towards including youth into peace processes. One of the outcomes of the conference was the launch of a a five-year Strategic Action Plan for youth-inclusive peace processes

Projects & Collaboration

The document outlines differences and linkages between the women, peace and security (WPS) and youth, peace and security (YPS) agendas as well as recommendations on how to approach these two agendas in your work. The document has been prepared by PMD's Gender, Peace and Security and Mediation Support Units in consultation with PBSO and the Office of the Special Envoy for Youth (OSGEY).

Women Peace and Security (WPS) & Youth Peace and Security (YPS) Complementarities of the two agendas

Women Peace and Security (WPS) & Youth Peace and Security (YPS) Complementarities of the two agendas