ISLAMABAD: The United Nations (UN) Security Council adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. Following recent attacks and acts of terror, the Resolution signals the world leaders’ acknowledgement of youth’s contribution to countering violent extremism, recognizing their role as crucial partners in building a safer world.
Search for Common Ground (Search), in collaboration with UNOY, World Vision, UN entities and other civil society organizations, has played a lead role in initiating and advocating for Resolution 2250 since 2011, says a press statement issued here on Thursday.
Search has co-chaired the interagency working group responsible for supporting youth’s efforts leading up to Resolution 2250, including the Guiding Principles for Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding, the Amman Declaration at the Global Forum of Youth, Peace, and Security, and the Youth Action Agenda at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit.
The Resolution outlines the duty of governments to protect young people during conflict and in post-conflict societies, promote their participation in peacebuilding and peacekeeping, include youth participation at all levels of decision-making, and invest in youth’s educational and professional capabilities to disengage and reintegrate the minority of the world’s youth population involved in violence.
“The Resolution creates a paradigm shift — away from the idea of young people being seen as a threat to security towards the very real notion that they have the power to transform violent conflict.