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Women Peacebuilders in the Spotlight: Lilly BeSoer of Papua New Guinea

Interview by: Hira Amjad, Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow
Written by: Bianca Pabotoy, Senior Program Office for Asia and the Pacific
Edited by: Jasmin Nario-Galace, Senior Program Director
Women Localizing WPS

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders puts a premium on its partnership with local communities. With its mission to amplify women’s and young women’s voices in formal and informal peace processes and decision-making, our programs support solutions, frameworks and mechanisms that are women-led and focused on addressing the root causes of violent conflicts and humanitarian crises.

Localizing the WPS agenda cannot be possible without the participation of local women who have made strides for peace in their homes and communities. Whether at the formal or informal level, decision-making on matters related to peace and security remains elusive for women who have proven their ability to mobilize conflicting parties, lead peace negotiations, and broker peace agreements. Witnessing this happen in multiple communities worldwide, GNWP sets itself apart by putting the lived experiences and capacities of women and young women at the center of its Localization of WPS.

In 2022, GNWP’s Localization of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda opened a new chapter in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through its partnership with Voice for Change. Voice for Change is a  provincial women’s organization working to eradicate violence, promote women’s economic empowerment, and create safe spaces for women and girls. The organization was founded and is led by a formidable woman human rights defender, Lilly BeSoer Kolts. Affiliated with the Highlands Regional Human Rights Defenders Network in Papua New Guinea,  Lilly was awarded the Pacific Human Rights Defenders Award in 2010.

At the sidelines of the annual United Nations-Civil Society Organization Dialogue held in New York last November 2023, GNWP sat down with Lilly to converse about her journey as a peacebuilder, coordinating peace reconciliation efforts mediating tribal conflicts and wars, among others, in PNG.

Women’s Roles in PNG

Growing up, Lilly was mindful of the distinct gender roles assigned to women and men in her tribe. Her experience in gender sensitivity was a personal one where she realized that tools used to tend, plant, and knead their tribal land varied depending on the sex of the worker. However, Lilly’s parents set the example of a gender-fair family. Both of her parents worked in the field. Her father was a tribe leader who paid particular attention to the elderly, women and children by distributing the best quality meat to these sectors. In the tribal culture of PNG, pigs and pig meat play an integral role in society, commemorating momentous events and even formalizing peace agreements. 

Lilly shares that she saw her father lead through example, especially in facilitating and resolving community conflicts. Her leadership training came about from shadowing her father during community-based meetings. Her father was radical in the sense that he gave Lilly land to inherit. However, traditions on land ownership remain to be passed down to the male members of the family. Because of this, Lilly had to give up the land given by her father. Land is of huge importance to tribes. In PNG, people live and die on their land. This has also resulted in the constant conflict between tribes to reclaim land ownership, which often results in the displacement of hundreds and thousands of people. 

Responding to Violence Against Women

Lilly founded Voice for Change in response to her first-hand experience facing violent tribal conflict. Tribal wars result in displacement, which subject women to an additional layer of vulnerability to sexual violence. Voice for Change has identified cases of abuse where bystanders subject displaced women to rape. As is the case anywhere, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) multiples tenfold during conflict and displacement. SGBV is both a cultural and structural issue in PNG. Intimate partner violence is not uncommon, as seen in cases of spousal rape, shared Lilly. 

Building an organization like Voice for Change did not happen overnight. Lilly shared that the seeds planted to start the organization took the form of older women interacting with male community leaders. These conversations highlighted the everyday concerns of women over food and drinks. Women bring food, while men bring firewood. Lilly came in as the facilitator of these conversations. Reflecting on this experience, Lilly shares: 

“This whole experience opened up my eyes and new pathways of understanding the grassroots problems and how deeply entrenched violence against women was in our society. I realized women were reluctant to share their stories. This dawning realization that women are marginalized to the extent that they don’t have anyone to take care of their children while they go to work in the fields every day compelled me to take a leadership role.”

Local Women for Peace and Security

In her experience facing tribal conflict, Voice for Change can attest that women seek women to intervene and mitigate conflict, whether at the household or community level. These women are the ones who endure the consequences of conflict, often uprooted from their homes, bearing the burden and caring for children affected by the hostilities.

Lilly appreciates their existing partnership with GNWP. The framework to Localize Women, Peace and Security has supported their work to be more community-centered, investing in a broader and more diverse group of community members, engaging them as active contributors and stakeholders in the pursuit of peace and gender equality in decision-making mechanisms. GNWP and Voice for Change are co-creating indigenous solutions to indigenous problems such as tribal wars and sorcery accusation-related violence in collaboration with local communities. This model of Localization puts the community at the heart of preventive response. 

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“Women play significant roles in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, which need to be acknowledged and strengthened. I believe that with the support of GNWP we are creating a platform for change, community support and resilience in PNG, and this momentum is only going to build and lead to the cementing of equitable and peaceful community norms. The goal is to develop community bylaws [on the WPS agenda] based on the information collected through our community programs, which would act as guidelines for family, environment, government services or community.”

To this day, two out of three women in the country, particularly from the Highlands region, will face violence in their lifetime. This makes Papua New Guinea one of the most dangerous countries in the Pacific region for women and girls. Voice for Change provides counseling services, legal support and shelter support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in PNG. The partnership with GNWP    will not only help enhance the protection of women by addressing specific challenges they face during conflicts but will help build their capacities and skills to take on leadership roles and contribute meaningfully to prevent and resolve conflicts and build peace. 

GNWP’s engagement in Papua New Guinea is under its project, “From Global to Local: Localizing the WPS Agenda to Sustain Peace and Empower Women” funded through the  Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) through its Support Her Empowerment – Women’s Inclusion in New Security (SHE WINS) initiative. 

GNWP Reports from Istanbul, Türkiye: Localizing and Strengthening the WPS-HA Compact in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

1 July 2024 by Sophia Farion and Daria Larionov

"WPS was adopted as a promise to women and conflict-affected communities to be put in the center. No conflict lasts five to ten years only. After peace agreements are signed, the violations are more common. The guns are silenced, but the wounds — we live with them for our entire lives; they pass through generation after generation."

The year 2025 marks significant anniversaries for gender equality: the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action turns 30 and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) turns 25. These milestones provide a critical opportunity to accelerate efforts for gender equality and peacebuilding amid setbacks in both areas.[1] The Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA) Compact, launched in 2021 as part of the Generation Equality initiative convened by UN Women, offers a powerful multistakeholder tool to increase accountability and financing for existing commitments to a gender-equitable and peaceful world.

On 5-6 June 2024, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Programme for Gender Issues’ WIN Project led a Training of Trainers (ToT) in Istanbul, Türkiye, to localize and strengthen the WPS-HA Compact in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (CAEESC). Ten local peacebuilders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan gathered to learn how to implement the Compact’s goal of placing women at the center of peace, security and humanitarian action. They explored its multistakeholder approach for coordinating and monitoring WPS-HA commitments and its guiding principles of transformation. The peacebuilders highlighted the importance of increasing CAEESC civil society engagement in the Compact’s multistakeholder framework.

Peacebuilders from Central Asia emphasized the need to encourage civil society organizations (CSOs) from their region to join the WPS-HA Compact, as there are currently no Central Asian CSO signatories. More signatories would ensure their unique regional challenges are considered, such as empowering ethnic monitory communities and vulnerable groups at border regions in peace and security decisions. “We sign [the Compact] because we have to know the agenda to build our own capacity,” they explained. There was a particular appreciation of the Compact’s intergenerational approach, given the strong mobilization of Central Asian young women in sustainable peace efforts.

Eastern European peacebuilders embraced the Compact for its potential to increase the visibility of local women’s peacebuilding organizations, enabling them to attract funding and enhance operational effectiveness. They noted that engaging the private sector through the Compact could spark economic empowerment and job creation for women in Ukraine and Moldova affected by Russia’s full-scale invasion.

In the South Caucasus, women-led CSOs have dedicated decades to implementing the WPS agenda, particularly working with vulnerable populations. With strong WPS networks across the public, private, academic and civil society sectors, joining the Compact would strengthen government accountability for WPS commitments in existing or drafted National Action Plans. “It’s time to turn this commitment into action,” a Georgian participant stated.

Over the two days, participants translated their motivation for inclusive WPS-HA in their region into action plans, addressing peacebuilding issues and increasing government and civil society signatories to the Compact. Discussions covered key issues, such as shrinking civic space for women human rights defenders, financing women’s education and entrepreneurship, creating comprehensive support systems for women’s economic security and overcoming barriers to women’s participation in peace processes. 

A shared concern across the three regions was the need for increased flexible and sustainable funding for local women peacebuilding organizations to effectively address the gendered peace, development and humanitarian needs in their communities.

Recommendations to address these issues included stronger legal frameworks, comprehensive assistance networks for women peacebuilders and improved access to international platforms and funding.

ToT participants shared these challenges and recommendations with representatives of multilateral international and regional organizations. During a consultative event on the second day, Dr. Lara Scarpitta, OSCE Senior Adviser on Gender Issues, spoke about the importance of investing in women’s leadership and creating networks for decision-making. Mr. Klaus Beck, UNFPA Deputy Regional Director, highlighted UNFPA’s role in promoting gender equality and supporting young women as catalysts of change. Mr. Francesco Marrella from ODHIR discussed advancing women’s leadership through commitments and regular consultations with women’s rights defenders, emphasizing men’s responsibility to implement WPS agenda commitments.

The ToT on Localizing and Strengthening the WPS-HA Compact in CAEESC emphasized the Compact’s significance as a transformative framework for addressing current challenges and promoting gender equality. The ToT has already led to more civil society signatories to the Compact, with four organizations from the region applying since. Participants committed to conducting at least eight training sessions with relevant target groups within their communities to disseminate the knowledge and skills acquired. These training sessions are expected to strengthen local capacities and contribute to the broader goals of the WPS-HA Compact. Continued advocacy by local peacebuilders to increase civil society and government signatories will expand the Compact’s reach and effectiveness, ensuring greater accountability to WPS and gender-responsive humanitarian action across the region.

GNWP is grateful to the OSCE for their ongoing support through the “WIN-Women & Men Innovating and Networking for Gender Equality” project. Read more about GNWP and the OSCE’s partnership here.

[1] UN Secretary-General. (2023). Report of the Secretary-General on Women and peace and security. UN Security Council. https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/4024756?ln=en&v=pdf#files

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Sophia Farion

Program Coordinator for Central Asia, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

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Daria Larionov

Associate for Central Asia, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus Peacebuilding Programs

GNWP Reports from Lebanon: Co-leadership on Youth, Peace and Security despite complex regional dynamics

26 June 2024 by Johnny Assaf

Edited by Katrina Leclerc

Twenty-two members of the Young Women+ Leaders for Peace (YWL) network in Lebanon gathered for a capacity-strengthening and strategic planning workshop to launch their 2024-2025 planning. Their priorities: transformative change in the community, particularly focusing on empowering young women leaders, sharing insights and feedback on their past work, and strategizing their forthcoming peacebuilding and social cohesion initiatives.

The YWL-Lebanon is a diverse network launched in 2021 by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and Permanent Peace Movement (PPM), with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Global Affairs Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOP). The YWL network welcomes young women, young men and gender-diverse youth from Lebanon, including refugees from Palestine and Syria. In recognition for their diversity, the YWL have been intentionally vocal since the October 2023 violence outbreak in Gaza, particularly calling for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid to be distributed to Palestinians in the region.

“As a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, seeing my people in Gaza being exterminated in cold blood is never an easy matter. The fires of Gaza have reached me and severely impacted me psychologically. I have worked with my colleagues in the YWL network to the best of our ability to amplify the voices of the victims in Gaza and to reveal the truth behind what is happening there, despite the Western media blackout. This is what we have always strived for and continue to strive for in this network: freedom and peace for all.”

Another priority for the YWL-Lebanon is the devastating impact of climate change on peace and security. In February 2023, members met with the Lebanese Minister of Environment, Dr. Nasser Yassin. Their promising encounter explored collaborative opportunities with the Ministry and environmental organizations to devise strategies that raise awareness on the intersecting issues of gender and climate. The Minister also highlighted efforts to develop and update policies addressing the interconnected challenges of peace, security and climate change.

One of the YWL-Lebanon’s first public initiatives was held on 1 March 2024. A High-Level Youth Forum on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and Humanitarian Action was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Twenty-eight key stakeholders from various sectors, including UN agency representatives, government officials, and local and international civil society organizations, met to discuss pressing challenges and opportunities identified by the YWL. The Forum provided the network with a platform to strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration to further their advocacy around the YPS resolutions.

“The YWL network is crucial for empowering us as young women through leadership development, capacity-building and ensuring true participation. It offers networking opportunities and advocacy for women’s rights, and provides us with role models and a supportive community. This fosters the next generation of women leaders and promotes gender equality and social change.”

The Forum served as an opportunity for the YWL to solicit closer collaboration and co-leadership of the implementation of YPS commitments across Lebanon. For example, as a UN mandate holder, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) office committed to coordinating with the YWL for the development and strengthening of Lebanon’s youth policies and hopefully forthcoming National Action Plan on YPS. The Ministry of Youth and Sports reiterated its appreciation for the YWL network’s leadership in advocating for YPS in the country, including by serving as advisors to the Ministry in their contributions to the Arab League’s Regional Strategy on YPS.

GNWP is grateful to Global Affairs Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOP) for its ongoing support of gender- and age-sensitive peacebuilding programs in Lebanon.

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Johnny Assaf

Associate for Middle East and North Africa Peacebuilding Programs

Simone Mbodé Diouf, GNWP Program Officer for Africa, briefs UN Security Council 28 May 2024

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders’ (GNWP) Program Officer for Africa, Ms. Simone Mbodé Diouf, recently appointed as the African Union Youth Ambassador for Peace for West Africa, was selected as the only civil society briefer to the UN Security Council debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) held on 28 May 2024.

 

Below are Simone’s remarks, delivered in French, to the Council:

Your Excellency, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique;

Madam, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs;

Madam, the Executive Director of UN Women;

Mr. Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs;

Your Excellencies and Distinguished guests;

First, allow me to express my gratitude to the Republic of Mozambique for not only placing this important issue on the agenda of the Security Council, but for also extending the invitation to us to showcase the leadership of young women peacebuilders who are actively involved in sustainable peace initiatives, and demonstrating the transformative impact of their collaboration. 

As the African Youth Ambassador for Peace representing the West Africa Region, I am living proof that international and regional institutions can choose to trust the expertise and leadership of young women by putting them on the global stage. In this regard, I particularly wish to express my gratitude to the African Union for its unwavering commitment to mainstream and upscale the meaningful participation of young people in all aspects of peace and security in accordance with Article 17 of the African Youth Charter.

Excellencies, 

To shed light on the incredible work that young women peacebuilders are engaged in every day on the African continent, allow me to share the inspiring story of four young Congolese women whom I have had the privilege to collaborate with in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These women have been instrumental in implementing and adapting the Youth, Peace and Security resolutions in their country, embodying the resilience and innovation characteristic of young women in this space.

First, Nora and Marie Rose. These two young women led the National Technical Secretariat on Resolution 2250, created by the DRC government to promote the implementation and institutionalization of UNSC Resolution 2250. Following their leadership and coordination, the DRC created its first National Action Plan (NAP) on Youth, Peace and Security in August 2022.

Next are Emilie and Esther, the coordinators of the Young Women+ Leaders for Peace (YWL) networks in North and South Kivu. Despite a challenging security context marked by war, they brought the YPS NAP to their communities by leading the Localization process. From data collection to drafting strategic documents to advocacy at the provincial level, Emilie and Esther ensured the NAP considered the gender-specific needs of young people.

The backgrounds and leadership of these four young women are highlighted in a thematic paper prepared by them, and published by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and UN Women on the occasion of the Secretary-General’s third report on the YPS agenda. That paper emphasizes the leadership of young Congolese women in implementing the YPS and Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agendas in synergy, drawing on lessons learned from their contributions to peace processes in the DRC.

Madam President,

Nora, Marie Rose, Emilie, and Esther are not alone. Many young women across Africa are dedicated to addressing the challenges that affect their future, such as climate change, resurgence of conflict, violent extremism, political marginalization, conflict-related sexual violence, and lack of economic opportunity. These young women are key to upholding peace and human security in their countries.

The YPS agenda explicitly recognizes the role of young women as equal partners in peace processes, mainly through Resolution 2535. This resolution acknowledges the unique and intersectional needs of different groups of young people, especially young women, in conflict, peacebuilding, and humanitarian response. It calls on Member States and other peace actors to promote synergies between YPS and WPS frameworks. Resolution 2535 also promotes accountability to the YPS agenda by encouraging the provision of adequate resources to support peace efforts led by diverse young women.

  • The African Union’s Continental Framework on YPS encourages sensitivity to gender dynamics by avoiding stereotypical assumptions about the roles and experiences of young men and women. It calls on Member States to recognize the gendered impacts of violence and develop strategies to address the needs of young women.
  • It is essential to highlight some programs and success stories that should serve as references and best practices to continue action in favor of young women:
  • The AU’s Youth Ambassadors for Peace program appoints five young people to work with, peacebuilding networks, Member States, regional economic communities (RECs), and young people to advocate for the involvement of young Africans in peace and security processes. In the second and third cohorts, 60 per cent of the representation is women. Currently, three young African women, including myself, are using their leadership and expertise to support young people in their region.
  • Femwise aims to strengthen the role of women and young women in conflict prevention and mediation efforts. 
  • The Youth Caucuses of African Women Leaders Networks (AWLN) chapters were established by the African Union to promote female leadership in all areas, including peace and security.
  • The Young Women’s Mentoring Initiative (YWMI) of the Permanent Mission of the African Union to the United Nations is an intergenerational mentoring program created to bridge the gender and generation gap that hinders young African women’s leadership in multilateral organizations.

Madam President,

Excellencies, 

Allow me also to evoke the story of Kristine from Kenya, who is currently conducting local YPS consultations in all counties as part of the development of the Kenyan YPS NAP, and Nanette, the national coordinator of the Chad YPS coalition. These young women, through their daily actions, embody the intersection of the YPS and WPS agendas, two distinct yet complementary frameworks that are the foundation for developing comprehensive and inclusive peace and security policies. Both frameworks acknowledge that conflict, war, and violence impact young people and women differently and that their contributions to peace, conflict prevention, and humanitarian response are often overlooked.

Promoting the synergies between YPS and WPS, and enhancing intergenerational cooperation is crucial to peacebuilding. Is it not the essence of intergenerational feminism to work together towards our common goals rather than uphold silos between YPS and WPS? 

The commitment of young women across the African continent is undeniable, but political leaders must play their part. Young women need to be economically and socially empowered to have the resources, capabilities, and confidence to be agents of change. In my experience working with young people, especially young women, for several years, I have learned that when you invest in young women, they give back to the community, starting a virtuous, rather than vicious, circle.

Economic empowerment is necessary but not sufficient. It is also essential to recognize the potential of young women as political actors, as seen in the example of Sibila Ouédraogo, the youngest candidate in Burkina Faso’s recent legislative elections. Boosting dynamism as an opportunity for peace and sustainable development can help remove the obstacles to young women’s participation.

Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council and representatives of Member States,

Recognizing the importance of empowering young women requires more than just words. It involves gaining their trust, allowing them to participate in public forums, and reinstating their confidence in multilateralism. The YPS and WPS agendas serve as frameworks to illustrate how young women’s involvement can be effectively enhanced. However, little progress can be made without genuine political determination.

During the Summit for the Future in September, all Member States will have the chance to showcase their dedication to young people by incorporating robust commitments and concrete actions supporting the YPS agenda in the Pact for the Future. This is particularly urgent as, in the latest version of the Pact, all YPS and WPS languages have been removed. I urge Member States to reverse this change. The YPS agenda must continue to be a priority for the Security Council under the guidance of the United Nations Youth Office, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), whose leadership and coordination, particularly in addressing inclusion and protection issues, I commend.

This leads me to my final point: protecting young women peacebuilders. Even if some young women bravely speak out despite threats, fear silences many others. Combating hate speech and gender-based violence facilitated by technology is essential to creating safe civic, offline, and online spaces.

Allow me to conclude with the following call for action. I urge all UN Member States, duty-bearers, and stakeholders to consider the following:

  • Implement, fund, and institutionalize the YPS and WPS agendas as requested by 400 young people in the Cotonou Youth Action Agenda. This should include developing specific frameworks at local, regional, and national levels and integrating them into existing policy instruments to ensure the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making processes;
  • Ensure that the specific needs of young women are considered when developing WPS NAP;
  • Include promotion of the YPS and WPS agendas in the Pact for the Future;
  • Highlight best practices and lessons learned from young women peacebuilders working for sustainable peace;
  • Maximize young women’s contributions to peace by integrating agendas among national governments, the African Union, the UN, and civil society. This can be achieved by examining policy opportunities that prioritize young women’s leadership;
  • Promote synergies between YPS and WPS agendas by showcasing successful practices and lessons learned from young women peacebuilders; and
  • Encourage collaboration and dialogue between young women and other stakeholders to bridge generational and gender gaps.

Thank you for your kind attention.

CSO Working Group on YPS meets with new Assistant Secretary-General on Youth Affairs ahead of Security Council Debate

On 17 May 2024, members of the Civil Society Working Group on Youth, Peace and Security (CSO WG on YPS) met with the new Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Youth Affairs, Dr. Felipe Paullier, ahead of the UN Security Council Debate on young women convened by Mozambique. The Debate is scheduled for 28 May 2024.

Established in 2021, the CSO WG on YPS, encompasses over 200 youth-led and youth-serving civil society networks and organizations committed to actualizing the “Partnerships” pillar of UN Security Council Resolution 2250.

ASG Paullier outlined three key priority areas for his newly established UN Youth Office:

  1. Enhancing collaboration and coordination on YPS, especially with Member States and within the UN system;
  2. Strengthening advocacy for YPS within the UN and its inter-governmental bodies, based on the principles of inclusion and ensuring the protection of youth peacebuilders; and
  3. Promoting and involving young people in strategic and impactful YPS initiatives, including youth-inclusive peace processes.
 Ahead of the Debate, as ASG Paullier prepares his briefing to the Security Council, members of the Working Group shared priorities including increasing political will for the participation of youth as decision-makers and decolonizing funding mechanisms for YPS.
 
The Working Group clearly conveyed its collective agreement that advocacy led by the UN Youth Office is critical in driving the YPS agenda through the UN system, including actualizing the demands of UN Security Council Resolution 2535. UN agencies must focus on institutionalizing the three YPS resolutions within the UN system itself. Places where young people express themselves and conduct their advocacy are too often on the margins of the UN system – the streamlining of the YPS resolutions within the UN is the only way the UN will ensure meaningful dialogue with youth peacebuilders.

“If young people do not trust the system, then we are in hot water. The whole UN system is based on trust. If we do not create change within the system, we risk not being effective for the meaningful inclusion of young people.” – Dr. Felipe Paullier, Assistant Secretary-General on Youth Affairs

For more information, contact the CSO WG on YPS co-chairs:

Eliška Jelínková, Co-Director
United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY)
[email protected]

Katrina Leclerc, Program Director
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)
[email protected]