SOMALIA / YOUTH PEACE AND SECURITY

11-Sep-2020 00:03:11
The key role that young Somalis play in helping develop their country came under the spotlight recently at a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council on youth, peace and security. UNSOM
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STORY: SOMALIA / YOUTH PEACE AND SECURITY
TRT: 3:11
SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – 17 DECEMBER 2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

1. Wide shot, Somali youth from all regions at National Youth Conference
2. Med shot, Khadija Mohamed Diriye, the Federal Minister for Youth and Sports, speaking at conference
3. Various shots, participants


09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations:
“Continued support of member states and importantly, the Security Council, is needed to make further progress on this agenda. We must build on the fact that the active participation and inclusion of young people, in political processes in peace building, is no longer viewed as an optional or as an afterthought. It has rightly become one of the cornerstones of the sustaining peace agenda.”

FILE - 13 SEPTEMBER 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

5. Various shots, Youth Advisory Board for Somalia held discussions with the UN Assistant Secretary-General for peacebuilding support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco

09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Young people are essential actors of peace. In order for them to have this opportunity, their needs need to be addressed; their voices amplified and their engagement advanced.”

FILE – 8 OCTOBER 2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

7. Various shots, youth engaged in a meeting at the iRise Hub offices

09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joao Scarpelini, Former Youth Advisor for Somalia, United Nations:
“Although young Somalis face many challenges and have very limited opportunities, long before the adoption of resolution 2250, they have been working to create change, to build peace and to accelerate development. Very often, those are informal groups of volunteers, that are creatively finding ways to mobilize their peers, and improve communities with limited resources and often without institutional support.”

FILE – 8 OCTOBER 2017, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

9. Med shot, youth engaged in a meeting at the iRise Hub offices
10. Close up, laptop
11. Wide shot, young person making presentation at meeting
12. Med shot, young person making presentation at meeting

09 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Joao Scarpelini, Former Youth Advisor for Somalia, United Nations:
“Within days from the adoption, youth-led organizations supported by UNSOM held a national event, that brought together 300 young women and men from across all federal member states. At the event they formulated the Somali Youth 4 Peace Pact, a local Somali-led, Somali-owned version of resolution 2250 with concrete recommendations and local solutions to bring sustainable peace to the country. None of these things would have been achieved if we were not able to establish true partnerships on the ground. Partnerships with the Somali authorities at different levels. Partnerships with youth-led organizations and youth leaders. But specially, a true partnership between UNSOM and the UN Country Team in Somalia.”

FILE – 14 OCTOBER 2016, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

14. Wide shot, youth walking to event at One Stop Youth Centre
15. Various shots, musicians singing and playing instruments
16. Wide shot, guests and government officials at event
17. Med shot, Scarpelini speaking at event
STORYLINE
The key role that young Somalis play in helping develop their country came under the spotlight recently at a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council on youth, peace and security.

Speaking at the meeting on Wednesday (09 Sep) former UN Youth Advisor for Somalia, Joao Scarpelini, said, “Although young Somalis face many challenges and have very limited opportunities, long before the adoption of resolution 2250, they have been working to create change, to build peace and to accelerate development.”

“Very often, those are informal groups of volunteers, that are creatively finding ways to mobilize their peers, and improve communities with limited resources and often without institutional support,” he added.

The Council called for the virtual meeting – co-hosted by France and the Dominican Republic on Wednesday and held under the so-called Arria-formula which allows for guest speakers – to share lessons learned and best practices in relation to the implementation of various resolutions on youth, peace and security in the context of UN peacekeeping operations and special political missions, with the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) being one of the latter.

Previously, the Council had highlighted the key role that young people can play in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace-building and sustaining peace, as well as the importance of facilitating youth participation and leadership in these areas.

The Council’s resolution 2250, adopted in 2015, highlighted the critical role that young people can play in conflict prevention and resolution and peace-building initiatives and the importance of facilitating youth participation spaces. It was followed by other resolutions which built on this in subsequent years, such as resolutions 2419 and 2535.

Scarpelini said the Council’s adoption of resolution 2250 was the opportunity and recognition that many young Somalis were looking for. He added, “Within days from the adoption, youth-led organizations supported by UNSOM held a national event, that brought together 300 young women and men from across all federal member states. At the event they formulated the Somali Youth 4 Peace Pact, a local Somali-led, Somali-owned version of resolution 2250 with concrete recommendations and local solutions to bring sustainable peace to the country.”

The former UN Youth Advisor said young Somalis challenged the UN and partners to go beyond ad-hoc initiatives and to establish mechanisms of participation that would create a permanent platform for dialogue.

Those mechanisms included the annual Somali National Youth Conference, which provided a platform for young people from different backgrounds, Federal Member States and clans to come together and find common ground; and the UN Youth Advisory Board, established in 2018, to provide the UN family in Somalia with concrete recommendations based on young people’s own lived experiences; and, thirdly, the Joint Galkayo Youth Committee, an official mechanism to facilitate the engagement of young people into the formal peace process in Galkayo.

“None of these would have been achieved if we were not able to establish true partnerships on the ground. Partnerships with the Somali authorities at different levels. Partnerships with youth-led organizations and youth leaders. But specially, a true partnership between UNSOM and the UN Country Team in Somalia,” Scarpelini noted.

The meeting’s speakers included senior UN officials such as the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, and the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix. They spoke about their respective departments' work, supporting implementing the resolutions, and best practices in implementing the youth, peace, and security agenda by UN missions.

In her remarks, DiCarlo emphasized that the involvement of youth in peace initiatives is a must and called for the effective implementation of the youth, peace and security agenda, involving all key stakeholders.

She said, “Continued support of member states and importantly, the Security Council, is needed to make further progress on this agenda. We must build on the fact that the active participation and inclusion of young people, in political processes in peace building, is no longer viewed as an optional or as an afterthought. It has rightly become one of the cornerstones of the sustaining peace agenda.”

For his part, Lacroix noted that peacekeeping missions are actively contributing to the implementation of resolutions on youth, peace and security, but that more still needs to be done.

“Young people are essential actors of peace. In order for them to have this opportunity, their needs need to be addressed; their voices amplified and their engagement advanced,” the UN official said.
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