Absent from Peace: Independent Study on Youth and Peace and SecurityIntroduction

1. Whether living in devastated or conflict-affected societies or enjoying relative peace, exceptional young people around the world are looking for innovative ways to prevent violence and build peace. Carried out pursuant to Security Council resolution 2250 (2015), this study provided an unprecedented opportunity to listen to them and learn about how each is working for peace and security. Governments and international actors would benefit from reaping the fruits of the work these young people do for peace and security, but they tend to see them as a problem to be addressed rather than as partners for peace, which arouses their dissatisfaction. . Young people around the world have said that they no longer have faith or confidence in their government and in the international community, or in systems of governance from which they feel excluded, which has aroused a great sense of injustice in them. This needs to be addressed in order to capitalize on and encourage their contribution to peace, and to realize the potential of 1,8 billion young people around the world. In the study, governments and international actors are called upon to effect radical change and to recognize that young people are “those absent from peace”.

2. Young people from all walks of life have taken an active part in the research on which this study is based. In particular, efforts have been made to involve those who are frequently excluded from mechanisms aimed at establishing a global framework for action: refugees, former gang members and young people living in hard-to-reach communities. A total of 4 young people participated in direct consultations, including through 230 focus groups in 281 countries, as well as 44 regional consultations and 7 national consultations. In addition, 5 country studies were conducted, 27 thematic reports were prepared by partners, 19 thematic consultations were conducted online, a global survey was conducted among led civil society peacebuilding organizations by young people and an inventory of interventions by Member States and United Nations entities on youth and peace and security was carried out. A full and detailed version of the study will be published in 5.

3. The study is divided into five parts. The second chapter deals with stereotypical conceptions of young people and shatters some of the myths that have poorly inspired policies and programs relating to young people, violence and conflict. The third chapter illustrates the breadth and diversity of young people's contribution to peace, from the local level to transnational networks. The fourth chapter explores the social contract that exists between young people and their government as well as between young people and their community and gives an overview of their participation in political life, their economic integration and the educational possibilities available. their. The fifth chapter proposes a model of partnership with young people and investment in young people, the objective being to prevent violence, promote integration and put this demographic force at the service of peace, a strategy which is fundamental for implement the youth and peace and security agenda. Read more


source: Youth4Peace

Publication date: 2018