I am glad to be part of the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security that took place on 21 and 22nd of August, 2015 in Jordan, held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II in partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the United Nations and civil society organizations, and marked the adoption of the Amman Youth Declaration, which is the new roadmap for youth inclusion in achieving peace and security in the world.
The Amman Youth Declaration was the outcome of a Global Forum that brought together about 500 government officials, policy experts, youth-led organizations, and young peace-builders from over 100 countries aimed to helping shape a new international agenda on youth, peace and security.
The Amman Youth Declaration, drafted in consultation with over eleven thousand youth from around the world and supported by the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, United Nations system and representatives of the civil society, presents a common vision and roadmap towards a strengthened policy framework to support young people in transforming conflict, preventing and countering violence and building sustainable peace.
The declaration highlights four key areas of where young people’s input and engagement must be sought by the international community:
- Meaningful participation and leadership in decision and policy-making around peace and security;
- Recognition and support of youth networks, organizations and individual initiatives in preventing violence and violent extremism and promoting peace;
- Promotion and protecting of the rights of girls and prevention of gender-based violence; and
- Prioritizing investing into youth socio-economic development.
In the declaration, young peace-builders call upon the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution on Youth, Peace and Security, a commitment that the Crown Prince Al Hussein of Jordan said the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will champion.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Nasser Judeh, accepted the Amman Youth Declaration on behalf of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan noting that youth are “human capital” that can be tools for peace, prosperity and development.
You can access a copy of the Amman Declaration here: https://www.unteamworks.org/node/505475