The E-YAT is a group of committed young peacebuilders working together to influence policy and programmes at the European level towards the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The group was created after a Training of Advocates organised by UNOY in March 2016. The main goals and objectives of the E-YAT are to:

  • Advocate for the recognition of the positive role of young people in building peace and preventing and countering violent extremism and to ensure that the specific needs and experiences of youth are reflected in the relevant policies;
  • Make the voice of young peacebuilders heard by the policy-makers of European Institutions (namely the EU and the CoE) and as well as by their counterparts working at national state levels;
  • Raise public and political awareness of the UNSCR 2250 among larger layers of public sector (physical and legal entities, NGOs, Associations, local government bodies, informal groups) across Europe and among policy-makers of the EU and CoE;
  • Advocate for the implementation of UNSCR 2250 to policy makers at different levels in the European Union and Council of Europe.

Activities 2017

UNOY Training of Advocates 2017 – April 7th – 14th, 2017
The 2017 Training of Advocates took place in Brussels from the 7th to the 14th of April 2017. The training aimed to sharpen understanding of the European political environment on the youth, peace and security agenda, to build the advocacy skills of the participants to engage in dialogue with policy makers, and to connect with other young peacebuilders coming from diverse backgrounds.

Activities 2016

International Peace Day – 21 September 2016
For International Peace Day, the E-YAT joined a campaign led by the United States Institute of Peace. The team created a 21-day online campaign aimed at raising awareness of the positive role of youth in building sustainable peace. From 1st of September to the 21st of September, one tweet a day answered the question: Why youth + Peace?
The result was a comprehensive display of youth’s positive contribution to peace around the globe. This initiative strengthened our argument that young people must be granted meaningful participation in issues of peace and security.

Advocacy Mission to the Council of Europe October 9th -14th, 2016
In October 2016 the E-YAT carried out its first advocacy mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. The main goal of this mission was to raise awareness on UNSCR 2250 and promote its implementation on the European level.

Advocacy Mission to the European Union – November 28th – December 2nd, 2016
The mission to the European Union in Brussels took place from the end of November to early December 2016. The purpose of the mission was to meet relevant members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European External Action Service, as well as relevant civil society representatives in order to advocate for the implementation of UNSCR 2250.

Planned Activities:

Anniversary of UNSC resolution 2250
It’s been a year since the UNSC adopted the resolution on Youth, Peace and Security. We think that this is a great opportunity for a reflection on what has been done after the adoption of the resolution and is a time for moving forward on the implementation of the resolution. For this purpose, E-YAT is planning to launch an online campaign to deliver the key messages related to the implementation of the resolution.