The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 represents a milestone in its recognition and prioritization of youth within the international agenda for peace and security. By acknowledging the important role that young people between the ages of 18 to 29 play in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security, SCR 2250 urges governments at the national and subnational level to design and implement policies to better engage this demographic. SCR 2250 requested that the UN Secretary General “carry out a progress study on the youth’s positive contribution to peace processes and conflict resolution, in order to recommend effective response.”
The United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, with the United Nations Population Fund, is undertaking research as part of this global study. A combination of regional case studies, thematic papers, and consultations will feed into the larger body of evidence supporting an international agenda on youth, peace and security. This report supported the research through a case study on the value of engaging youth in promoting sustainable peace and security in the United States. As peace and security are not often discussed outside the context of conflict and post-conflict zones, this study identified and contributed to the formulation of a peacebuilding agenda for youth in developed nations.