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Meaningful Inclusion of Young People as Drivers of Peace: Local Voices from the Field

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On Tuesday, April 9th, IPI together with the Office of the President of the General Assembly, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the United Nations Population Fund, Peace Direct, and Interpeace, are cohosting a policy forum to discuss the role of young people as drivers of peace and how international actors can advance meaningful participation and inclusion of young people. 

 Remarks will begin at 10:15am PST / 1:15pm EST 

Meaningful political, social and economic inclusion is a complex and core issue at the heart of the Youth Peace and Security agenda. The challenge, however, is what constitutes meaningful political inclusion and participation of young people, and how can this be undertaken to prevent violence and sustain peace. 

Contributing to sustaining peace, and preventing the outbreak, continuation, escalation and recurrence of violence requires expansion of young people’s roles and engagement in formal and informal political processes and institutions. It demands attention to improve young people’s roles in decision-making processes that directly impact their lives and their relationships with their communities and the state. The Youth, Peace and Security agenda, laid out in Security Council Resolution 2250, and the Independent Progress Study on Youth Peace and Security debunks negative assumptions about youth in peace and security, underlines the capacity youth have to participate in meaningful peacebuilding and nonviolent action in their communities and countries and highlights several recommendations on how to advance inclusion broadly. As member states and the United Nations move towards implementation of the youth agenda and recommendation, it is important to reflect what work is being done by young people on the ground, how they want to work with international actors as well as what meaningful inclusion means to them and what accountability looks like in this implementation. 

Welcoming remarks: Dr. Adam Lupel, Vice President, International Peace Institute Opening remarks: H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, UN General Assembly Mr. Dereje Wordofa, ASG and Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA Speakers: Mr. Moussa Tolo, President, Allô Gouvernance Ms. Saran Keita, President, Peace and Security Network for Women, Mali Mr. Graeme Simpson, Director, Interpeace USA Ms. Vanessa Wyeth, Senior Political and Public Affairs Officer (Peacebuilding), Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations Moderator: 

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