Globally, the local and global system are failing young people. While 1.8 billion of the world population is youth, when it comes to their opportunities to meaningfully participate in decision-making, their chances are minimal. In the area of peacebuilding, this situation is especially worrying. In the last two decades, over 900 peace agreements have been signed globally, across multiple countries and peace processes, yet none of these top-down approaches have given way to the meaningful inclusion of youth.
Over the past 5 years, global resolutions have emerged around youth peace and security (2250, 2419 and 2535), which showcase young people as partners in peace. Yet for young peacebuilders working on the ground, these documents are hardly ever translated into mechanisms of support to catalyse and increase the impact of their local action. Young people do not have a seat at the table, but they are continuously bringing their folding chairs to build peace in their communities. Using bottom-up and innovative approaches, young peacebuilders are here to challenge our ideas on how to build a better world for tomorrow.
In this Virtual Peace Table, young leaders of peace will share their visions of the future and how they are contributing to shaping the peaceful world we want to see. They will discuss in what ways local peace initiatives have made great impact in their countries and how youth are the bedrock of positive change.
Moderator: Leonardo Parraga – Youth Ambassador Peace Palace (Colombia)
- Farida Amiri – Peace Friends (Afghanistan)
- Nqobile Moyo – Voices in the Vision for Africa (Zimbabwe)
- Moe Sasaki – IC Net Limited (Japan)
- Saumya Aggarwal – Youth for Peace International (India)