During the open debate of the UN Security Council on the fifth anniversary of the Youth, Peace, and Security Agenda, the UAE encouraged the Council to invite more young leaders to provide briefings on a regular basis to discuss their individual experiences in pursuit of peace and security in their societies. The UAE also urged the international community to explore ways to increase the meaningful and inclusive participation of youth in peace building efforts.
The debate commemorated the fifth anniversary of the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2250, a groundbreaking resolution that recognised the important and positive role that youth play in maintaining and promoting international peace and security.
“Since the adoption of Resolution 2250, the world has seen the many ways in which young people are creatively seeking to prevent violence and solidify peace across the globe in devastated and conflict-affected societies, as well as in those enjoying relative peace,” the UAE stated in its formal submission to the Security Council. “Their work heralds the tremendous potential of peace and security dividends for all.”
The UAE highlighted how the country’s youth are stepping up to aid national efforts to combat the global COVID-19 crisis. Youth are contributing by taking emergency response training and safety workshops and participating in the National Sterilisation Programme to disinfect cities to curb the spread of the virus.
The UAE noted that since the appointment of Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui as Minister of State for Youth Affairs in 2016, several initiatives have been developed to strengthen youth engagement, including through the establishment of youth councils and the adoption of a National Youth Strategy developed and championed by young Emiratis.
At the regional level, the UAE underlined that youth are partners in the pursuit of more peaceful and prosperous cities, thereby challenging the stereotype that associates them with widespread violence. The UAE referenced the ‘Empowering Youth and Promoting Tolerance: Practical Approaches to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism’ regional conference by the UAE, UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, and Hedayah, which was held in Abu Dhabi in December 2019.
The conference provided an opportunity to discuss initiatives and action plans to strengthen resilience against radicalisation leading to terrorism, with a focus on youth empowerment and tolerance at the national and regional levels. The UAE also noted that it is home to initiatives like the Arab Youth Centre, which provides opportunities for young Arab pioneers across different fields to mobilise their peers and advance sustainable development in their communities.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs