We work to increase the role of young people in building peace around the world. On the basis of our vision, we work primarily on two different types of activities: International advocacy for youth participation in peacebuilding and strengthening the capacity of youth peacebuilding organisations in the form of training series, long term partnerships and publications. With our advocacy activities we aim to shape international policy and practice on peacebuilding, encouraging enabling environments for young peacebuilders working at the local, national and regional levels all over the world. By strengthening the capacities of youth peacebuilding organisations we aim to empower them to be even more effective in the work they do locally and thereby also strengthen the global voice of young people working for peace.
SHAPING POLICY AND PRACTICE
We bring the voices of young peacebuilders to the attention of international policy-makers, advocating for increased youth participation in peacebuilding and a culture of peace. The focus of our advocacy work is towards the United Nations, as resolutions and policies developed at the UN set a global standard for peace and development. One of the long term goals of our advocacy work which we achieved in 2015 was the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security.
Agreed Language on Youth, Peace and Security is a report by UNOY outlining the language already agreed at the UN level on youth, peace and security.
A Space for Peace explains our stance on the post 2015 development framework and the importance of incorporating youth participation in the agenda.
An important part of our international advocacy work is carried out by our Youth Advocacy Team. The team consists of representatives of our member organisations, young peacebuilders active in their own local communities making their voice heard globally through the Youth Advocacy Team. We have permanent advocacy representatives based in New York and Geneva who work on a voluntary basis to represent young peacebuilders towards different United Nations bodies. Additionally, we have the recently established European Youth Advocacy Team, a group of committed young peacebuilders working together to influence policy and programmes at the European level.
In order to successfully reach our advocacy goals, UNOY works together with partners such as the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, Peacebuilding Support Office, the UN Intra-Agency Network on Youth Development Sub-Working Group on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding, Cordaid, Human Security Collective, UN Habitat, Search for Common Ground, World Vision, UNFPA and many other international stakeholders. In addition, we are members of the Global Partnership on Children, Youth and Peacebuilding and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations.
Apart from the international level, UNOY member organizations are crucial to successful local, national and regional advocacy. Most UNOY members are engaged in advocating for peace locally, and significant numbers of members work at both national and regional levels to make the voices of young peacebuilders heard.
STRENGTHENING YOUTH PEACEBUILDING
UNOY works to increase the capacity of young peacebuilders to have an impact on their own societies and work for peace. Our main activity to strengthen youth peacebuilders consist of training courses, using the methodology of non-formal learning. We implement both individual trainings and long-term training series, with online and offline training elements. We emphasise training young people in multiplier positions within youth organisations, who can disseminate the training outcomes to a wider audience. Our training courses include:
Trainings of Trainers
Our Trainings of Trainers are designed for young people active within peacebuilding organisations. These trainings help young peacebuilders to develop their skills in reaching out to and training both their peers and other stakeholders in the peacebuilding field.
Trainings of Advocates
We train young people to influence discussions around peace and security nationally and internationally. Participants learn to understand and explain complex conflicts, map stakeholders and identify appropriate ways of communicating with different types of actors.
We regularly organise trainings on topics of relevance for our members. The topics of such trainings have included the intersection between gender and youth in peacebuilding, storytelling as a tool for peace advocacy and social entrepreneurship for peace.
Another component of our work to strengthen youth peacebuilding is the development of tools and resources for youth organisations to use in their work. Our tools include an online guide on monitoring, evaluation and learning for youth peace organisations, titled The Learning Curve, and a Toolkit on UNSCR 2250 for youth organisations which want to make use of the resolution in their work. For a full list of the tools and resources we have developed, please visit the Resources section of this website.
PLANS AND REPORTS
On the basis of our multiannual strategic plan, we publish an annual plan detailing our activities in the upcoming year as well as a report for the previous year. You can find these documents below:
We also conduct an Annual Impact Review with our member organisations. You can find reports for the most recent reviews below: