Inspiring discussions were held  at the panel on the role of youth in the peace and security dialogue, held on March 15th by the Community of Democracies at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

The panelists and young leaders from all over the world shared their knowledge, thoughts and experiences on the  challenges to youth engagement in the peace and security dialogue, showcasing good practices for the youth participation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

They also debated possible methods to implement UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (2015) which urges States “to consider ways to increase inclusive representation of youth in decision-making at all levels in local, national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention and resolution of conflict, including institutions and mechanisms to counter violent extremism”.

The session was moderated by Secretary General Thomas E. Garrett.

Thank you to all the speakers for sharing their knowledge and experiences:

  • Augusta FEATHERSTON, OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR),
  • Cheryl FRANK, Institute for Security Studies,
  • Brechtje KEMP, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance,
  • Lasha SHAKULASHVILI, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (Georgia)

The event was  generously funded by the United Kingdom through the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy- the FCO’s dedicated strategic fund supporting global human rights and democracy work.