#ActOn2250 : The importance of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security

Resolution 2250 is a resolution passed by the Security Council at the end of 2015 with the full vote and approval of the 15 members.

This is the first resolution of its kind that gives young people the opportunity to work for peace and security around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the formation of a committee on this resolution. Its task will be to prepare a phase study on youth, peace and security.

The study will be presented at the beginning of 2018. The team consists of a group of 21 experts, including a group of young people In their communities in the implementation of activities and initiatives in this regard, particularly in areas of conflict.

It is clear that the Arab region and the Middle East region are most affected by the emergence of terrorist and tycoon groups that have caused the destruction of cities and the displacement of their people and the emergence of many problems to name but just a few: corruption, unemployment, migration, the problem of refugees, education and health, violations of the rights of women and children, the drop of youth participation in the resolution of extremism and terrorism, the absence of their role in peace and security, or even their role in building cities and achieving sustainable development.

All of these have had a great impact and negative effect on the process of peace building and it is clear that most of the members of terrorist groups are young people. This follows reason that  young persons are most affected when subjected to extremism in their communities and left out in their involvement roles in political, social and policy making processes.

The Resolution 2250 further calls for the protection of young people against extremism globally which we now see through providing a stimulating environment for them as adopted by the security council.

Policies and mechanisms will be put into place to enable youth to contribute effectively to peace-building and the promotion of a culture of tolerance and respect for religions, which requires the effective and institutional integration of young people into their societies, the promotion of education and the provision of jobs that meet their needs,  Building cadres and not demolition tools.

As a participant in the Committee for the preparation of this interim study on Security Council Resolution 2250, I assured that:

  1. The study contains real statistics on the actual situation of young people around the world with a focus on areas of conflict by listening directly and building the study on real testimonies and stories from the ground to ensure real solutions and reflect the reality.
  2. Work on the rights of women, recognizing their role as change makers.
  3. Protect the rights of children and provide an environment conducive to their normal growth, ensuring their future away from violence and extremism
  4. Assure youth participation in decision-making and policy-making at local and international levels and support their initiatives and activities for peace, security, support for and partnerships with their organizations.
  5. Develop the skills of youth leaders in various fields to create a positive link to change the negative discourse and perspective and consider them as partners in building societies and achieving sustainable development.

I am convinced that building civilized cities that meet the needs of their citizens and give young people and women the real opportunities to participate in all walks of life is one of the most important elements for achieving stability, peace and security; a culture of tolerance and love for others; and, a suitable place for all according to their religions, customs, civilizations and colors because we are all created to build a better world.

In the end, I hope that the Security Council Resolution 2250 brings about global peace and security.  I realize that unfortunately youth are growing up in a turbulent world, our problems are increasing day after day. We at the Youth Advisory Board have raised the banner of change for a better future for young people at risk and for the generations to come by promoting the agenda of Leave No-One Behind with the support of the United Nations Human Settlements’ Youth and Livelihoods Programme.

The world in which we live deserves peace and security. We live to serve each other and spread love and good intentions directed at one another.

This article was written by Hussein Murtaja, Youth Advisory Board Member in the Arab Region

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