Young people are the present
Young people are not just the future, they are the present. Today almost half of the world's population under the age of 24. By offering young people a possibility to take part in shaping their own futures, young people can be at the front line of peacebuilding.Young women and young men have a critical role in promoting and maintaining international peace and security. Contrary to most popular representations, the majority of youth are not violent. Rather, they can - and do - play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change.
This is exactly what UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security recognises for the first time.
Learn about what young people are achieving around the world and join us in supporting young people's participation in peacebuilding.
Resolution 2250In 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 peacebuilders worldwide because it brings recognition and legitimacy for youth's efforts in building peace.
Download the UN Resolution 2250
United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY)Beyond Skin are the all-Ireland representatives and members of UNOY, a network of youth peacebuilding organisations worldwide. Since 2012 UNOY have been working intensively towards adoption of resolution 2250, engaging with young peacebuilders and making connections between them and policy makers. UNOY have also been working for the recognition of young people as actors of positive change with civil society partners such as Search for Common Ground and World Vision.
United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) website: unoy.org
Beyond Skin are leading the #youth4peace programme in Northern Ireland
Taking ActionAs part of the global #youth4peace campaign Beyond Skin are embedding Resolution 2250 into our overall strategy and work with children and young people. This includes in the delivery of projects, lobbying, artistic interventions and outputs, advocacy and organising events.
Beyond Skin are identifying and recruiting young peace ambassadors to assist with the #Youth4Peace Campaign.
A youth4peace steering group leading the campaign here in Northern Ireland has been established and #youth4peace workshops are available for schools, colleges and youth groups.
Call for volunteersWe are seeking Young People between 14 and 30 years old who have an interest in Peace-building and can commit to helping develop and deliver #youth4peace activities in Northern Ireland. Millennium Volunteers - In partnership with Volunteer Now young people between 15 and 25 years as part of their volunteer hours can earn a certificate backed by the Department of Education.
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2017 Global Peace SummitA Youth4Peace Summit has been planned for 6-10 March 2017 in Northern Ireland. Information as it develops can be downloaded at this link. International Guests information can be download at this link.
We are asking Decision Makers
- To increase inclusive representation of youth in decision-making at all levels in institutions and platforms for prevention and resolution of conflicts.
- That the NI Executive will take youth's participation and views into account in negotiation and peace agreements which include considering their special needs; supporting local youth peace initiatives; empowering youth in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
- To ensure the protection of young civilians' lives and human rights in contexts of conflict including refugees and internally displaced persons.
- To facilitate an inclusive and enabling environment where youths from different backgrounds can foster social cohesion and receive support to implement violence prevention activities.
- That Policy Makers will create youth-friendly policies that promote their participation in peacebuilding effort.
- To provide youth with quality education for peace.
- To promote a culture of peace, tolerance, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue.
- Stronger investment in youth employment opportunities to counter their marginalization.
- Support for entrepreneurship initiatives from youth-led and peacebuilding organizations.
- Globally, less than 2 per cent of parliamentarians are under 30 years old. [ SDG indicator 16.7.1; Inter-Parliamentary Union, 2016: Youth participation in national parliaments, 2016. ]
- The average age in parliament in 53 years old. [ UNDP, 2013. ]
- Only 1.65% of parliamentarians around the world are in their 20's and for a third of countries, eligibility for national parliament starts at 25 years old. [UNDP, 2013. ]
- Voter turnout among 18-25 year olds continues to be lower than other age groups [ UNDP, Fast Facts: Civic Engagement and Participation of Youth in Politics and Public Institutions, 2014, p.1. ]
- 2 out of 3 countries DO NOT consult young people as a part of the process of preparing poverty reduction strategies or national development plans. [ The Global Youth Call "Prioritizing Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda." ]