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.
Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa
Director of Multilateral Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State
Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace
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
Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
Co-Chair of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security
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