By Kelsey Cooper, GenUN Fellow and Indiana University Chapter Leader
On December 9, 2015 the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted an historic resolution that recognizes the important role young people play in the prevention and resolution of conflict. Resolution 2250 creates the framework for nations to engage and empower youth as workers of peace through five pillars: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships, and disengagement and reintegration. This resolution comes at a time when almost half of the world’s population is under the 24 years old, and an estimated 600 million youth live in conflict-affected areas.
The resolution calls upon governments to promote youth participation in all levels of the processes of peace building and acknowledges the important roles that socioeconomic development and education play in empowering youth to be engaged with the political processes of resolving conflicts.
Additionally, the resolution calls for a “progress study” by the Secretary-General into the contributions that young people are making in the conflict and resolution field.
Mr. Ahmad Allendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, said on the adoption of Resolution 2250, “This is a major breakthrough in our collective efforts to change the predominantly negative narrative on youth and recognize the significant role of young people in peacebuilding. Youth have for too long been cast away as either the perpetrators of violence or its victims. With this resolution the Security Council recognizes the important contributions that young people make in countering violent extremism and supporting peacebuilding efforts around the world.”
With the passage of this historic resolution, it is important for youth across the globe to step up and have their voices heard in the peace process. Below are some steps your GenUN chapter can take to promote and get involved with Resolution 2250.
How to get involved:
- Host a hot talk about Resolution 2250. Have student read the full-text of the resolution and discuss. Some questions you might could consider: How will governments that already have policies on peace and security include youth into the decision making process? Will the definition of “youth” in the resolution (18-29 years old) create challenges with other definitions (e.g. the African Union’s 15-34 definition)?
- Create a social media campaign with the tag #Youth4Peace to promote Resolution 2250 and encourage people to learn more.