Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding

The UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding, co-chaired by the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) and Search for Common Ground, has developed the Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding. This working group consists of members representing a number of UN entities, non-governmental organizations, academics and youth-led organizations.

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About the Guiding Principles: The principles aim at offering overarching guidance on meaningful youth engagement and participation, especially in conflict or transition settings. These Guiding Principles offer guidance to key stakeholders, including Governments, UN entities, donors, national and international non-governmental organizations and civil society actors. Operational Guidance on how to apply the principles will be developed in the coming months.

Operational Guidance: These above mentioned principles, conceived to be overarching and applicable to a wide range of actors (the “why” and the “what”), now needs to be accompanied by operational guidance (“how to”) based on evidence and practice from the field. The development of this operational guidance began on June 4th and 5th, 2014.

An official launch of the Guiding Principles was held on Thursday 24 April 2014 in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies. We will be launching these guiding principles in up to 15 countries from Indonesia and Nepal to DRC, Niger, and Liberia.

Watch the video stream of the event here!

Some photos from the event!

If you and your organization want to join the Working Group, please email Saji Prelis with your name, title, and organization.

Contributing Organizations: Communities without Boundaries, the Economic Community of West Africa States, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, InterPeace, MercyCorps, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Office on Sports for Development and Peace, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Programme on Youth, the United Nations Human settlements Programme, the United Nations Volunteers programme, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Women’s Refugee Commission and World Vision International