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.  


The application period for the 2024 Zaida Catalán Scholarship is now open

Are you a young peacebuilder at the beginning of your career with a strong commitment to women, peace and security? Do you have experience working in this field in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Afghanistan and want to take your commitment to the next level? Then you have the opportunity to apply for the 1325 scholarship for 2024.

2024-02-15 10:00

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An Insider’s View: Lessons from the Afghan Peace Process, 2001-2021

This insider’s view gives a first-hand account of the Afghan peace process between the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban between 2001 and 2021.

Baryalai Helali


FBA has both increased and adapted its work in Ukraine in the wake of Russia's invasion.

The War in Ukraine – How FBA is Assisting

FBA has both increased and adapted its work in Ukraine in the wake of Russia's invasion.

FBA in Ukraine
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