Political Agenda

  1. National governments and local authorities to facilitate an enabling environment in which youth actors are recognised and provided with adequate support to implement violence prevention activities in order to prevent violence and violent extremism. This space must be inclusive of youth from different social, political, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  1. National governments, local authorities and researchers to ensure that contextual research is conducted in collaboration with young people and youth organisations to identify the drivers and enablers of violence and extremism in order to design effective responses at local, national and international levels.
  1. International organisations, national governments, donors and the private sector to support youth-led and youth peace-building organisations as partners in youth employment and entrepreneurship programs, as those organisations are uniquely placed to engage marginalised young people and to promote social cohesion.
  2. International agencies, national governments and local authorities to establish mechanisms to meaningfully involve youth in current and future peace and reconciliation processes, including formal peace negotiations from the local to the global levels. These mechanisms need to ensure youth are engaged as equal partners and promote youth leadership.
  3. Member states to address the urgent need to recognise the existence of young people’s human rights, through introducing programs and policies that provide social protections to reduce the vulnerability of all young people, especially young people from marginalised backgrounds.
  4. International agencies, national governments and local authorities to implement internationally agreed commitments and policies to promote and protect the rights of girls, prevent gender-based violence and end impunity for crimes such as child, early and forced marriage, sexual and domestic violence, feticide and female genital mutilation.