The Ban Ki-moon Centre takes part in initiatives to bring youth, young experts and practitioners together in order to develop a vision for addressing current and future security challenges and peace efforts. Our Co-chairs are occasionally consulted for global peace efforts and mediation calls all around the world.
YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN PEACE EFFORTS
Young people under the age of 30 accounts for over half of the world’s population. It is estimated that 600 million youth live in fragile and conflict-affected states. These figures underscore the need to understand the importance of engaging them in conflict prevention & mediation processes – a domain where they are often marginalized.
There is no gender equality in matters of access to education, professional opportunities, pay and public representation. All around the world, in every country, women and girls still struggle to exercise their full human rights. The positive and decisive role played by women in peace processes has been widely acknowledged by the international community. The inclusion of women has been shown to be crucial, not only in matters of women’s rights, but also to improve operational effectiveness, build resilience, prevent and resolve conflicts, and to sustain peace. Despite this widespread knowledge supported by evidence and robust research, women remain drastically underrepresented in peace and security talks.