The UN Youth and Students’ Days, organized by UNA Finland and UNYA Finland, took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 9-10 November 2012. On the second day, the participants worked on different topics in small groups, and the ”Youth, Peace and Security” working group was lead by UNYA Finland. The questions discussed in this group included the role of youth as peace creators, and the problematique behind the dichotomy of youth as a target group vs. youth as actors.
The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness and brainstorm about the importance of the inclusion of the youth in conflict transformation and peace processes. The UNA Finland has passed an initiative calling for a UN Security Council resolution recognizing the youth not just as a special group affected by armed conflicts but also as a crucial actor in resolving these conflicts – a resolution similar to 1325, “Women, Peace and Security” considering the women’s role in conflict. Towards the end of discussion, the youth drafted clauses to be included in the resolution and proposed for example the following:
“Stresses the urgency of strengthening the position of the young people at all levels of action and asks for the importance of the existing youth organizations to be recognized”,
“Calls for the member states to increase the level of inclusion of the young people in the decision making especially in situations of political conflicts”.
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