07.06.2017 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

Regional Consultation on Youth, Peace and Security: voices of youth in Latin America and the Caribbean

May 29, 30 and 31, 2017, Panama City, Panama. Within the framework of Resolution 2250, approved by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on December 9, 2015, and the Progress Study that is contained in that resolution, a Regional Consultation on Peace and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean was held in Panama from May 29 to 31, 2017.

With the participation and support of UNESCO, 64 young people between the ages of 18 and 29 from 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean began the First Regional Peace and Security Consultation for the region in Panama.

On 9 December 2015, the UNSC approved Resolution 2250, the first dealing specifically with the role of young people in peace and security issues. The resolution is a historic milestone for recognizing the positive role young people can play in conflict and violence prevention and peace promotion and consolidation.The resolution also reflects the result of many years of efforts by youth networks to defend the role of youth in peace processes.

The Regional Consultation gathered the voices of the peace-building youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, represented by 64 young people selected -from more than 1.000 applications- in violence and conflict prevention and the promotion and strengthening of peace. The purpose has been to support the implementation of Resolution 2250 in the region and as a contribution to the Progress Study in accordance with the mandate established in the Resolution.

It is estimated that the young population in Latin America and the Caribbean is close to 160 million people; who today belong to the region considered the most violent in the world and one of the most unequal.

During the three days of Consultation, the specific challenges faced by youth regarding peace and security in the region were identified and alternative mechanisms were proposed to address them from a perspective of peace and human security that contemplates broad youth participation with specific actions that are aimed at fulfilling the 2030 Agenda.

This event was organized in collaboration with UN agencies in the region: UNESCO, UNHCR, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, UN Women, UN Volunteers, UNDP and UNFPA, and with the support of OAS and OIJ..

It should be noted that the consultation process continues in other regions and that young people who wish to make their contributions to the Consultation, can do so through the youth4peace page.

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