October 31, 2017
The Division for Social Policy and Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) under the theme “Youth, Peace and Security: Social Issues and Social Policies”, to take place in Rome on 30-31 October 2017. The meeting will bring together experts from academia, representatives of Member States, United Nations entities, youth organisations and intergovernmental bodies to examine current challenges regarding youth, peace and security issues, and discuss ways to promote and enhance young people’s positive engagement in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace.
These topics will be considered under the framework of Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, as well as in the context of the World Programme of Action for Youth and the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. The meeting will address issues of youth marginalisation and socio-economic exclusion that contribute to their vulnerability to engage in violence, conflict and social unrest, particularly their susceptibility to radicalisation and violent extremism. Read more
October 24, 2017
From its inception, young people were actively involved in the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through: (a) the formal inclusion of young people in United Nations negotiations related to sustainable development through the major group system, in particular the children and youth major group; (b) consultations with young people held at the national level by Member States to inform their national positions; and (c) the My World global survey.
Echoing this participation, as well as the growing interest in and increased policy focus on youth issues as they relate to sustainable development, youth are given specific recognition in the preamble of the 2030 Agenda, and both explicit and implicit references to youth are found throughout its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The pledges made in the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first, as well as its affirmation to be people-centred, ensure that youth are included in all aspects of the Agenda. Read more
September 29, 2017
Over 40 Youth Delegates from 30 countries will attend the 72nd Session of the General Assembly in New York. Youth Delegates will form a part of their country’s official delegation including to the Third Committee, the arm of the General Assembly that deliberations social, cultural and humanitarian issues. Youth Delegates to the United Nations are advocates for their fellow young people and provide input to their delegations on youth-related topics and concerns.
Youth issues will be discussed during the Third Committee under the agenda item titled “Social development, including questions relating to the world social situation and to youth, ageing, persons with disabilities and the family.” Many youth delegates give statements on social development issues, including youth, and their speeches can be seen on UN Web TV. Read more
September 7, 2017
“I’m truly happy to address you on International Youth Day,” the Secretary-General said a video message. “As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am committed to the empowerment and inclusion of every young person around the world,” he added.
“In this spirit, I have appointed an impressive new Youth Envoy,” he said, introducing 26-year-old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as the youngest and “one of the most important” members of his team.
“Governments must work with young people to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace,” continued Mr. Guterres.
After the Youth Envoy invited everyone to join in mobilizing young people, the Secretary-General said, “Together, we can create a peaceful world for generations to come.” Read more
July 11, 2017
The theme of International Youth Day 2017 (IYD) is “Youth Building Peace”. Since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention and sustaining peace. International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
The current generation of youth are the largest in history and young people often comprise the majority in countries marked by armed conflict or unrest, therefore considering the needs and aspirations of youth in matters of peace and security is a demographic imperative.
Another Security Council Resolution, Resolution 2282 (2016) recognizes that the scale and challenges of sustaining peace requires partnerships between stakeholders, including youth organizations. It also reaffirms the important role youth can play in deterring and resolving conflicts, and are key constituents in ensuring the success of both peacekeeping and peace-building efforts. Read more