UN / YOUTH PEACE AND SECURITY

23-Apr-2018 00:02:39
United Nations Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake told the Security Council “on peacebuilding strategies and action plans, young people must be key stakeholders, not mere recipient of directions.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YOUTH PEACE AND SECURITY
TRT: 02:39
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

23 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth:
“On peacebuilding strategies and action plans, young people must be key stakeholders, not mere recipient of directions.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jayathma Wickramanayake, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth:
“Young people should feel that their vote counts – should be engaged in electoral processes and political party structures and not considered “too young to run” – for Public Office. Countries must remove all age restrictions that limit young people’s political participation.”
6. Med shot, speakers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sophia Pierre- Antoine, Member of the Advisory Council World Young Women Christian Association:
“I urge you to recognize that transforming cities, public spaces and homes into safe places for young women and trans youth is a human right.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sophia Pierre- Antoine, Member of the Advisory Council World Young Women Christian Association:
“Inclusion in a meaningful way by recognizing the strength and the multiple identities of young people, participation of diverse youth at all levels will ensure that race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic background, ability, is not a systematic source of exclusion, discrimination or made invisible.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Graeme Simpson, Lead Author of Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security:
“A core message they conveyed, is that there is a growing trust gap between young people and their governments, multilateral organizations, and even international civil society organizations. This is a challenge that must be embraced, not fended off, and it reflects a trust deficit that we have to bridge.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Graeme Simpson, Lead Author of Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security:
“The comprehensive inclusion of young people coupled with the necessary investment in their ownership and leadership, is indispensable to building and sustaining peace. This is what it takes to translate the demographic dividend of youthful populations, into an effective peace dividend for the entire globe – for all societies, and not just those riven by violent conflict.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Graeme Simpson, Lead Author of Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security:
“The stereotypical youth, is represented as a young man with a gun, while young women are inevitably consigned to the status of passive victims. These gendered stereotypes associate all young people with the risks of violence. In so doing, they deprive young people of their voice, agency and leadership, as the drivers of change and innovators for peace.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
United Nations Youth Envoy told the Security Council “on peacebuilding strategies and action plans, young people must be key stakeholders, not mere recipient of directions.”

The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake today (23 Apr) spoke to Members of the Security Council on the findings of the independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security.

She said the report points to two key issues that need immediate attention: the growing mistrust from young generations towards formal political institutions, and the exclusion of young people from political, civic and economic life.

The Youth Envoy stressed that “young people should feel that their vote counts – should be engaged in electoral processes and political party structures and not considered “too young to run” – for Public Office.”

She added “countries must remove all age restrictions that limit young people’s political participation.”

Also speaking at the meeting, Sophia Pierre- Antoine, a member of the Advisory Council World Young Women Christian Association urged Council Members to “recognize that transforming cities, public spaces and homes into safe places for young women and trans youth is a human right.”

She said “inclusion in a meaningful way by recognizing the strength and the multiple identities of young people, participation of diverse youth at all levels will ensure that race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic background, ability, is not a systematic source of exclusion, discrimination or made invisible.”

Graeme Simpson, the lead author of the report noted “there is a growing trust gap between young people and their governments, multilateral organizations, and even international civil society organizations.”

He added “this is a challenge that must be embraced, not fended off, and it reflects a trust deficit that we have to bridge.”

Further on the mistrust, Simpson said “the stereotypical youth, is represented as a young man with a gun, while young women are inevitably consigned to the status of passive victims. These gendered stereotypes associate all young people with the risks of violence. In so doing, they deprive young people of their voice, agency and leadership, as the drivers of change and innovators for peace.”

He noted that these stereotypes have led to some misleading “policy assumptions” by some governments and leaders.

The study also shows that only a small minority of youth ever engages in violence, and many are actively engaging in their own local initiatives to bring peace to their communities.
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