Youth are uniquely affected by humanitarian crises and conflict. The United Nations Security Council, on 9 December 2015, set a historical precedent by unanimously adopting a ground-breaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security which recognises that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”. This landmark resolution urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Mandated by UNSC Resolution 2250, the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network – Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth), has released a thematic paper on ‘The Impacts of Climate Change on Youth, Peace and Security’. The paper focuses on countries in the Middle East and Africa. To reinforce the critical role of 1.1 billion youth in sustainable development globally, surveys and polls were launched in collaboration with the U-Report team at UNICEF. The paper explored the impacts of climate change on the security and development of youth in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The paper is an official supporting document of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace & Security mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250. The Progress Study will be submitted to the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly at the end of 2017.
UNSCR 2250 (2015) identifies five key pillars for action: participation, protection, prevention, partnerships and disengagement and reintegration. This resolution urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels and to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes.