The Youth Cooperation Programme of the North-South Centre is developing a “Youth, Peace and Security” (YPS) agenda with the view of including the most recent developments in the field of youth participation and youth policies to achieve its mission: to increase young people and youth organisations’ capacities and facilitates their participation in decision making processes towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This new programmatic priority is linked to the Council of Europe’s youth priority “peaceful and inclusive societies" and is grounded on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on YPS: a ground-breaking resolution which recognizes that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”.

The UNSCR 2250 identifies five key pillars for action: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships and disengagement and reintegration. The North-South Centre is focusing its work on the pillar of participation and it takes stock of the Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security “The Missing Peace”, particularly the Chapter 3.1 which highlights the need to ensure to young people “meaningful political inclusion”.

The specific approach of the North-South Centre on the YPS agenda aims at exploring and fostering the complementary relationship between democratic participation, human rights and peacebuilding.

To that end, the North-South Centre has been promoting and participating in a series of initiatives, following a path that goes form uplifting youth engagement in peace and democratic processes to enhancing the interregional and multilevel cooperation to support such youth engagement in peace processes.

The YPS agenda of the North-South Centre is developed in partnership with the key players in the area (The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, United Network of Young Peacebuilders among others) and funded through a transversality scheme of projects and programmes: the South Programme III funded by the European Union, the Euro-Mediterranean youth cooperation project funded by the voluntary contributions of Portugal, Spain and Malta and in synergy with the Network on Youth and Global Citizenship which is directly supported by the North-South Centre.

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