An estimated 60 percent of the world’s youth live in the Indo-Pacific — meaning the effective engagement and participation of youth in decision-making will be crucial for preventing violent conflicts in the region. Although regional bodies, such as ASEAN’s Regional Forum, have begun to acknowledge the importance of youth to peace and security, the development of national action plans based on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) will provide a roadmap for the implementation of these priorities at the country level, defining the objectives, activities and indicators that a country will use to promote peace in ways that are inclusive of youth.

On December 15, USIP held a discussion with leading experts that explores the current efforts to develop national action plans on YPS in Southeast Asia and identifies key lessons for implementing the YPS agenda in the region. Take part in the conversation on Twitter with #SEAsiaYPS.


Theophilus Ekpon
Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa 

Bill Flens
Director of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State 

Brian Harding
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

Jenni Kilpi
Junior Advisor, Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN

Vanessa Vianco S. Pallarco
Director for Social Healing and Peacebuilding, Department of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Philippines

Paula Porras
Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace

Saji Prelis
Co-Chair of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security

Karla Rodulfo 
Project Officer and Deputy Director, Youth, Peace and Security Division, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Mridul Upadhay, moderator
U.S. Institute of Peace Generation Change Fellow

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