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YOUTH, PEACE & SECURITY MENA REGION

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OBJECTIVES

UNSCR 2250 mandates the Secretary-General "to carry out a progress study on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels", and to present the results of the study to Member States of the United Nations.

The overall goals of the conference to consult young people from MENA region on peace and security issues, in order to:

  • § Provide a regional youth perspective for the successful implementation of UNSCR 2250 in the region;

  • § Outline a forward looking agenda for the continuation, and promotion, of youth peacebuilding in the MENA Region, to be developed and further advanced by participants of the consultation, including youth-led organisations, youth activists, NGO/INGO/CSO partners as well as multilateral partners and entities of the UN system

  • § Discuss gaps, barriers, challenges and priorities to promote and support young women and men’s active involvement in conflict prevention, social cohesion, conflict transformation and peacebuilding in the region/country.

  • § Identify recommendations for the progress study and for follow-up at the local/national/regional levels from policy and programming angles.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • § Representatives of the Permanent Missions of UN member states in Geneva

  • § States’ representatives coming in from capitals

  • § Members of relevant UN Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures

  • § OHCHR staff o NGOs and civil society

SPEAKERS

Participants will include young people between the age of 17 and 29, with the majority coming from youth-led organisations promoting peace and security.

The organising partners will select facilitators and resource persons for the consultation. The driving principle for the full duration of this event will be to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue with and among young peacebuilders from MENA. Participants will be expected to take part in side events convened by the organisers during their visit to Geneva.

ACTIVITIES

5 days The event will be structured as an interactive session, featuring youth representatives from MENA and beyond.

  • Attend official meetings;

  • Submit written statements prior to sessions;

  • Make oral interventions to the Human Rights Council;

  • Meet official government delegations and other NGO representatives;

  • Organize and attend parallel events that take place during the session;

  • Participate in debates, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and informal meetings.


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