Youth Engagement to foster peaceful societies in the Caribbean

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Youth Engagement to foster peaceful societies in the Caribbean

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UNESCO’s actions are anchored in the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of leaving no one behind and fostering social cohesion. In this regard, youth constitute a key priority. Nevertheless, young people in the Caribbean SIDS face increasing levels of violence, aspects which can lead to discouragement and disillusionment. When youth are provided with opportunities for engagement and participation, they can capitalize on their resilience constructively, becoming valuable assets for peacebuilding and agents of positive change.

The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda has gained momentum over the last years, whereby the role and contributions for peacebuilding of young people have been recognized. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) is the first international policy framework that recognizes the positive role young people play in preventing and resolving conflict and building lasting peace.

In this context, UNESCO is developing its strategy to further promote the implementation of the YPS agenda in the Caribbean where young people are recognized and supported to meaningfully engage in peacebuilding in their communities and wider society.

UNESCO Youth Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security

On November 28, 2021, UNESCO invited young people (18-30 years old) from the Caribbean SIDS to participate in an online consultation to share Youth, Peace and Security concepts, capture recommendations, and lessons learned specific to the issues of youth, peace and security in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. As a result, the participants co-created a Roadmap on YPS with specific recommendations for actions.

Read the News Item here.


Download the YPS Roadmap Summary here


On July 27, 2022, UNESCO in partnership with the members of its Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) Support Group organized a virtual follow-up call with the youth who had participated in the YPS Consultation for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

Read the News Item here.

UNESCO Youth Talk - Youth Engagement in the United Nations

UNESCO in the Caribbean, in partnership with the Office of the UN Secretary’s General Envoy on Youth, invited young people from the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean to a Youth Talk with the aim of explaining the mechanisms by which young people are meaningfully engaged in the United Nations and its specific actions in the field of peace and security. The interactive session provided a platform for the exchange for participants from Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Trinidad and Tobago.

The session gave an overview of Youth 2030, the UN system-wide Youth Strategy and pointed to avenues to engage with the United Nations. The presenters also shed light on the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) Agenda from a global perspective, touching on the findings of the UN Secretary-General Report on Youth, Peace and Security while opening up the floor for discussion on how the agenda can be localised in the Caribbean, following up on UNESCO’s recent efforts to advance YPS in the Caribbean.