Final Report: Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security
On 21-22 August 2015, young people gathered together with representatives of Member States, UN agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations and academia, as well as practitioners, to define and commit to a new global agenda on youth, peace and security. The participants overwhelmingly agreed to promote and support meaningful youth involvement at all levels of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and preventing and countering violence and violent extremism, recognizing that it is a demographic and democratic imperative to include young people in issues of peace and security and that youth participation in shaping peace is an effective way to counter violent extremism.
The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security marked a turning point in recognizing young people’s role for peacebuilding through a multi-level, intergenerational conversation that defined a new international agenda on youth, peace and security. The forum was attended by nearly 600 participants, including 200 young people representing 80 nationalities. Participants discussed a wide range of topics in depth: first establishing the current state of youth and peace, participants then discussed the most urgent issues, such as youth movements and inclusion of young women in peace processes. The Forum concluded with participants determining the next steps, partnerships, and commitments needed for the way forward.