Youth And Peacebuilding
Youth and Gender Promotion Initiatives
In Sri Lanka, the youth population presents a unique demographic dividend that can contribute to lasting peace and economic prosperity if inclusive policies and approaches are in place and implemented. UNV aims to empower women and youth by building upon a greater understanding of peacebuilding issues and thereby catalyse the participation and engagement of young people in governance and decision-making processes, and responses related to sustaining peace and security.
Virtual Student Round Table on Youth & Peace
A virtual student roundtable, on youth and peace in collaboration with the Akita International University and Sabaragamuwa University, was held from the 21st to 22nd February 2018, at the Sabaragamuwa University. This Intercultural virtual dialogue between students from Akita International University and students from the Sabaragamuwa University was conducted via Skype and facilitated by the UNV Peace Building Fund project. The objective of the event was to raise the awareness of the participants towards peacebuilding and enrich the knowledge of peace building amongst the students, both Japanese and Sri Lankan. The project sought to broaden the intercultural perspective of the students and strived to develop a mutual understanding between them.
The Virtual Student Round Table on Youth and Peace was planned, facilitated, and implemented by Mr. Takashi Kogoma, a UN University Volunteer from Japan, with the support of the UNV PBF team that included, Mr. Ishtartha Wellaboda, Mr. Darshatha Gamage, and Ms. Sooji Han.
On the first day of the program, after the presentation as to the Agenda 2030, the SDGs, UNSCR2250 Youth, Peace and Security, the participants discussed a topic, “What does peace mean to you?” Students found out differences in the definition of peace in each country. On the second day, a cultural presentation was conducted from each country. After the presentation, the participants discussed “peace building by youth”, which enabled them to find out how they can contribute to create the sustainable peace in each country.
The 'Virtual Student Round Table on Youth & Peace' intercultural dialogue was fruitful. We believe that it will have a positive impact on youth, foster mutual understanding, and encourage them to take steps to address hostility towards ethnic minorities.
Participation of Youth and Women in the Peacebuilding Process
Working under the umbrella of the UN Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP), this project aims to implement the following indicative output:
- Outcome One: Youth are actively and positively engaged in the peacebuilding process so that their voices are reflected in key policy and decision-making processes and outcomes at the national and sub-national levels
- Outcome Two: State decision-making processes are more equitable and inclusive to enable women’s meaningful participation and leadership
This proposal aims to support the participation of youth and women, particularly those wo are the most marginalized, in the post-conflict environment, focusing on the importance of investing in youth and women in peacebuilding while addressing existing assumptions and theories of change regarding youth, women and peacebuilding. It is consistent with the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (Youth, Peace and Security) and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 (Women, Peace and Security) while complementing the UNCG’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding.
Conducted as a joint programme between UNV, UNFPA and UNWomen; UNV in cooperation with UNFPA undertakes the implementation of Outcome One while UNWomen directly implements Outcome Two.