Youth, Peace and Security in the Arab States Region: Consultation and High-Level Dialogue
Following both the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security held in Amman (Jordan) in 2015 and the newly passed UN Security Council Resolution (SCR 2250), UNDP and UNESCO are co-leading, on behalf of the Regional United Nations Development Group-Interagency Technical Task Team on Young People (R-UNIATTTYP), in partnership with the Peacebuilding Support Office (UNPSO) and UNFPA, a regional Consultation and High-Level Dialogue on “Youth, Peace & Security in the Arab States Region” in Amman from 4 to 6 December 2016. The driving principle for the full duration of this event will be to create space for meaningful dialogue with young peacebuilders from the Arab region.
The key aims of the consultation and dialogue are:
1) To consult young peacebuilders from the Arab region on peace and security issues, in order to support the implementation of SCR 2250 in the region and as input for the Progress Study mandated by the Resolution.
2) To provide a platform to facilitate dialogue between young people and decision and policy makers; mobilize partnerships and leverage support to inclusive, comprehensive and integrated programmes to be implemented in Arab States.
On the basis of an analysis of the systematic and structural barriers, and local mechanisms and capacities, this will lead to the definition of a regional roadmap with clear policy and programming recommendations for a broad range of stakeholders.
The aim is to create opportunities to promote the role of youth in sustaining peace in national peace processes but also in at the community level.
Participants will include 80-100 youth peacebuilders from the Arab region, international and regional NGOs, peacebuilding experts, and partners. The Forum will last for three days and will be sequenced in two, interconnected segments: a consultation for and with young peacebuilders, dedicated to exchange of experiences and programmatic practices (Day 1 & 2) followed by a high-level policy segment during which participants will present and discuss key recommendations to partners (government officials, donors, and other stakeholders) (Day 3).