Carnegie Peacebuilding Conversations

Next Generation Peacebuilders: The Challenges of Youth Inclusion in Peace and Security Issues


Next Generation Peacebuilders: The Challenges of Youth Inclusion in Peace and Security Issues


10:45 – 12:45AM

Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands

Victor Ochen, Executive Director for African Youth Initiative Network
Ella Robertson, Managing Director of One Young World
Mridal Upadhyay, Asia Coordinator of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY)
Mohammed Foboi, Founder and Executive Director of Students Against Destructive Actions & Decisions (SADAD), Liberia

Organised by: 
Youth Peace Initiative, UNOY, Carnegie Foundation

Youth is often excluded from peacebuilding processes. When youth is invited to the table, this is often done symbolically to be able to present the process as inclusive. In some parts of the world, policy panic about youth and violent extremism has even led to less inclusion of young people. The UN Security Council has adopted resolutions that should promote youth inclusion in peace processes. What are the main problems that young peacebuilders encounter and how can better inclusion be promoted? The Carnegie Foundation – Peace Palace has joined forces with Youth Peace Initiative and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) to promote progress on this issue. Three main issues are addressed: In what ways can young peacebuilding efforts be financed? How can meaningful youth participation in formal peace and political transition processes be promoted? How can a more safe space and trustful civic space be created for young peacebuilders to work in?