Youth, peace and security

By the adoption of resolution 2250 and its following resolutions, The UN Security Council recognizes that young people are important and prioritized actors for the promotion of sustainable peace and security.

Even though young women and men often make up a large part of the population in countries affected by conflict, they are rarely allowed to participate in peacebuilding processes or granted influence over decisions that affect their lives. Opinions about young people are often limited and simplified: they can be considered victims without abilities, which is typically the case for young women, or violent troublemakers, which is typically the case for young men. Although most young people never take part in or become affected by violent actions, these stereotypes continue to exist.

The purpose of the youth, peace and security agenda is to give young people a greater voice in peacebuilding and conflict management and work against norms and power structures related to age.

The participation and influence of young people in peace and reconciliation processes is a matter of rights, legitimacy, and sustainability. Protecting the rights of young women and men and enabling them to participate meaningfully in society overall is essential for societies’ resilience against conflict, for human security, and sustainable peace.

What does the FBA do?

  • Training and advice
    FBA offers training and advice on youth, peace and security through handbooks, educational resources, and mentorships, mainly for counsellors and focal points within the UN or other professionals working with youth, peace and security.  


Young Peace-Leaders Promoting Dialogue in Liberia

In March 2022, FBA and its partners met with 24 young Liberian peace-leaders in the north-eastern city of Ganta. These youths have become skilful in preventing and resolving local conflicts and contributing to peace in their communities - as part of the FBA's Conflict Prevention Leadership Programme (CPLP).

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Falling short: Exploring mediation effectiveness

On 22 November 2021, the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) held a half-day colloquium in Stockholm, involving 17 mediation specialists and FBA staff members, who participated in-person and by virtual means. Matt Waldman, an Associate of the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University, was invited to present on issues emerging from his ongoing research on mediation effectiveness.




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Jens Samuelsson Schjørlien is expert on leadership and cooperation in peace operations

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