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EU ready to “play a leading role” on the implementation of the first UN Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 11:51 -- Regina Salanova

The High-Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, has confirmed that the EU is ready to play a central role on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250, the first Resolution of its kind on Youth, Peace and Security.
 
The announcement took place on the occasion of an inaugural dialogue in Brussels with High-Representative Mogherini and “Young Mediterranean Voices”, a leading network of change-makers from across North Africa, the Middle East, and now Europe.
 
Speaking in response to the exchange on UN SCR 2250, High-Representative Mogherini stated: “We are following up and are going to take a leading role on the Resolution”, underlining the importance of showcasing the positive contributions of young people across the Mediterranean. “We hear too little about the positive change young people are bringing to society. Today is a starting point in a new stage of visibility for youth-led narratives.”
 
The European External Action Service (EEAS) also announced on the occasion of the Brussels dialogue that “EEAS will co-organise a ‘European consultation” for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace & Security mandated by Resolution 2250, in collaboration with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the United Nations Population Fund and the Anna Lindh Foundation, which is a member of the inter-institutional steering group for the Progress Study’. The European consultation, scheduled for September 2017, represents a culminating event in a worldwide consultation process on the central role of youth in peace-building and conflict prevention, with the outcomes expected to be presented to the UN Security Council in early 2018.
 
Cécile Mazzacurati, head of the joint UNFPA/PBSO secretariat in charge of coordinating the Progress Study development, said: “We welcome the engagement of the EU on the implementation of the youth, peace and security agenda and trust that the EU can play an instrumental role in rallying European countries around a positive understanding of the role of young women and men in relation to peace and security issues”.
 
Paul Walton, head of partnerships at the Anna Lindh Foundation and member of the steering group for the Progress Study mandated by UN SCR 2250, stated: “The UN Resolution can be a major tool for young peace-builders and dialogue leaders in transforming youth policy into action, and a game-changer in terms of raising the visibility of youth-led initiative. The EU’s central role will be key to the implementation of the Progress Study, as well as bringing to the international stage its experience in peace-building.”
 
Among the delegates at the dialogue with HR/VP Mogherini were young peace-builders who were instrumental in recent years in calling for the now adopted UN Security Council Resolution, as well as representatives of the UN secretariat for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS), members of the UN-appointed Advisory Group on YPS, and the Anna Lindh Foundation as member of the inter-institutional steering group for the Progress Study.