What Works in Youth and Peace and Security

This page is divided into the following sections:

- Cross-sector Peacebuilding Programs

- Youth Participation and Partnerships

- Disengagement and Reintegration of Youth

- Issues Facing Refugees, IDPs, and Forced Migration

- Preventing Gendered Violence

- Countering and Preventing Youth Recruitment into Violent Groups

- Trauma and Mental Health

Promising Practices in Engaging Youth in Peace and Security and PVE/CVE
This document, created by YouthPower Learning's Community of Practice for Youth in Peace and Security, seeks to identify best practices, bright spots, and possible opportunities for their replication with a primary focus on preventing violent extremism/countering violent extremism (PVE/CVE). It operates under the hypothesis that youth engagement in positive alternatives to violence should be maximized in order for peace writ large to take hold.

On December 9, 2015 the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted an historic resol­­ution that recognizes the important role young people play in the prevention and resolution of conflict. Resolution 2250 creates the framework for nations to engage and empower youth as workers of peace through five pillars:

Partnerships, and
Disengagement and reintegration.
This resolution comes at a time when almost half of the world’s population is under the 24 years old, and an estimated 600 million youth live in conflict-affected areas.

The resources listed under the sub-topics below relate to the five pillars from Resolution 2250.