Young people are not just the future, they are present.
Today almost half of the world’s population is under the age of twenty-four. By offering young people a possibility to take part in shaping their own futures, young people can be at the front line of Peacebuilding.
In countries affected by conflict and violence young people are commonly perceived as either perpetrators or victims. The surge in terrorism and violent extremism in the past 15 years also tends to be linked to the role of young men, and increasingly young women. In reality, the role of young people in relation to peace and security is poorly understood and much more complex than these stereotypes suggest.
Resolution 2250: In December 2015 the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2250, the first ever thematic resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. This historic document is very important for all young peace builders worldwide because it brings recognition and legitimacy for youth’s efforts in building peace.
Beyond Skin are leading the #youth4peace initative in Northern Ireland as a member representative of UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders), a network of youth peacebuilding organisations worldwide. Since 2012 UNOY have been working intensively towards the adoption of resolution 2250, engaging with young people, peacebuilding organisations and policy makers
Beyond Skin have been identifying and recruiting Youth4Peace young Ambassadors to join a steering group help to develop #youth4peace programme in Northern Ireland which includes designing and delivering projects & events whilst also representing Northern Ireland at an international level.
To date #youth4peace ambassadors have attended training, conferences and peace summits across the global with Beyond Skin hosting the first Global Youth Peace Summit in March 2017. #GYPS2017 was an overwhelming success enabling the framework for a #youth4peace strategy in Northern Ireland with The Arts as the dialogue.
As part of the global #youth4peace campaign Beyond Skin are embedding Resolution 2250 into our overall strategy and projects with children and young people. This includes the delivery of projects, lobbying, artistic interventions and outputs, advocacy and organising events.
#Youth4Peace is a global campaign that is supported by international law. Our objective is to ensure Resolution 2250 is implemented whilst highlighting through lobbying and grassroots action that the young people of Northern Ireland have a voice that is valid and inclusive. We are asking institutions that young people are part of decision making processes as to greater degree given the right resources and platforms, young people have the capacity make the world we all live in, a more peaceful, equal and intercultural society representing the best in humanity.
Participants will explore the idea of peace journalism and the power and importance of the arts in creating an inclusive society through songwriting and new media. Participants will explore concepts of peace, sustainability, understanding, conflict and the diversity of cultures that exist within Northern Ireland and throughout the world.
GLOBAL YOUTH PEACE SUMMIT #GYPS2017 Read More
UNITED NETWORK OF YOUNG PEACEBUILDERS website
DOWNLOAD RESOLUTION 2250
Currently #ArtsDialogue Youth4Peace 2017 projects taking place in Antrim, Ards, Belfast, Cookstown, Castlereagh, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, North Down.