“We transform our world” – Young people change the landscape of youth participation in peacebuilding

Across the Asia Pacific region, UNFPA has been supporting youth-led and youth-focused organizations since 2017 to transform the peacebuilding landscape by empowering their agencies. This year, UNFPA is supporting United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) in strengthening youth-led peacebuilding organisations’ capacity to fundraise and enhance various aspects of organisational development, including monitoring and evaluation, human resource management and project management etc. through online and face-to-face training from July until the end of 2019.

Last year, with the support of UNFPA Asia Pacific, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) implemented an ‘Online Training for Implementing UNSCR2250’ from September 2018 to February 2019, to empower young people from the Asia Pacific region to act as ‘mobilizers’ for the Youth, Peace and Security agenda.

By sharing stories of young people, who were champions of this online training last year, UNFPA aims to identify and advocate the next steps to support these ‘ready to move forward’ peacebuilders to strengthen the mechanism where they feel safe creating and implementing their action plans and contributing to a global agenda of SDG 16 – Sustaining Peace and Building Resilience. This is also an attempt to amplify youth voices to transform the landscape of young people in peacebuilding – from a derogatory perspective of victims and perpetrators to change-makers for our world. ‘Knowledge is power’.

[The Philippines] The Localization of UNSCR 2250 Project in selected schools and orphanage institutions aimed to raise awareness on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and to integrate it into activities and initiatives of youth in their school and community / [Photo credit] Lo Ivan Castillon

Let us hear the voices of young people who got this “golden opportunity” to learn how to change power dynamics in order to make the world more peaceful, just and sustainable.

Background information

UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) recognized “the importance of youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.” Five pillars were identified for action in relation to youth contributions to peacebuilding: Participation, Partnership, Prevention, Protection and disengagement, and Re-integration. #Youth4Peace #ActOn2250

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mridul Upadhyay <mridul.upadhyay@unoy.org>, Capacity Development Coordinator | Asia Coordinator, United Network of Young Peacebuilder(UNOY).