We Are Here: An Integrated Approach to Youth Inclusive Peace Processes

  • Citation: Altiok, Ali, and Irena Grizelj. “We Are Here: An Integrated Approach to Youth Inclusive Peace Processes.” Office of the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, 2019.
    • Topics:
    • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
    • Keywords:
    • youth committees
    • youth representatives
    • peace processes
    • inclusion
    • negotiation
    • participation

The Global Policy Paper on youth participation in peace processes, “We Are Here: An integrated approach to youth-inclusive peace processes” is an independent paper, co-authored and researched by Ali Altiok and Irena Grizelj, commissioned by United Nations Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, with the financial support of the Government of Finland and support of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Programme, United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), and Search for Common Ground (SFCG).The agenda of youth inclusion must be implemented from a conflict-sensitive and do-no-harm approach. The inclusion of young people during all phases of peace processes likely increases the sustainability of the agreements. Youth inclusion and participation in peace processes should not be considered a new agenda in competition with other inclusion agendas. Young people’s proximity to the table matters because young people are distinctively impacted by the results of decisions made at the formal peace negotiation table. Ensuring the representation of diverse youth constituencies matters in peace negotiations. Enabling youth political participation during peace negotiations will contribute to more inclusive and representative governance structures that build the basis for more peaceful societies.

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