The engagement of youth as essential for ensuring sustainable and inclusive peace has increasingly been emphasised by the international community. The first formal recognition on a global scale, Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security highlights the inclusion of youth in peace and decision-making processes as a priority area for the United Nations. Yet, many questions remain as to how youth inclusion can be made a reality. What are the obstacles and opportunities that policymakers need to consider?
This paper presents some of the key findings from a case study prepared by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation on youth engagement in building peace in Myanmar. It highlights some of the main barriers identified to youth engagement in the country, as well as presents eight recommendations that the UN and the international community could pursue to support young peacebuilders in Myanmar and beyond.