UN Talks: The United Nations system – a champion for youth?

A seminar reflecting on how the UN System has operationalised the Youth, Peace and Security agenda and whether it is having an impact at the country level.

Event details

Date:4 November 2019
Time:11-12:30, coffee and sandwiches from 10:30am
Venue:Medelhavsmuséet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
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United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 was the first recognition on a global scale of the role that young people have in promoting peace. As the custodian of global normative frameworks, the UN has an important role to play in supporting Member States in the implementation of the resolution.

In May 2020, the UN Secretary-General will complete a report to the Security Council on progress made towards implementation of the resolution. Ahead of this report, it is time to take stock and look at what efforts have been successful in promoting the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda and what challenges remain.

To what extent has Resolution 2250 taken root within the UN system itself? Are young people’s contribution to peace and development being properly recognised, valued and supported in practice? And what methods are various UN entities applying to act on the five pillars of the resolution: participation, protection, prevention, partnership, disengagement and reintegration?

In this seminar, panelists – all members of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security – shared their experiences from promoting the role of young people through their work, either within or in partnership with the UN system.



Cécile Mazzacurati, Secretariat – Youth, Peace and Security, UNFPA/PBSO

Noella Richard, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Sharmaarke Abdullahi, Youth and Livelihood Unit, UN-HABITAT

Kiran Fida, Aware Girls, Pakistan

Moderator: Sarah Smith, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Seminar Series

UN Talks

The seminar is the fourth in a series of #UNtalks, jointly organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Sweden with the aim to contribute to critical reflection and deeper understanding of the role and work of the United Nations.

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