Futures for Youth Inclusive Peace in the Asia-Pacific – QUT Centre for Justice Roundtable

December 9, 2020 is the fifth anniversary of the groundbreaking United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace & Security. On the 25 November, QUT’s Centre for Justice hosted a webinar to mark this anniversary and to consider opportunities and challenges for youth-led peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific region.

The roundtable featured youth advocates and researchers on youth and peacebuilding in the Asia-Pacific region. A video recording of the event can be viewed here.

Panelists included Erika Yague, Primitivo III Ragandang, Elaine Pratley, and Mridul Upadhyay. It was facilitated by Centre for Justice members, Dr Helen Berents and Dr Caitlin Mollica.

Youth voices have much to offer considerations of all peace and security issues. In the Asia-Pacific, youth are taking the lead on a diverse range of issues, including climate change, development, governance, justice, violence prevention and conflict resolution. The region’s large youth population and intersecting peace and security challenges means that voices from the region, particularly those of youth are essential for the continued global evolution of Youth, Peace, and Security.

Panel contributors reflected on youth’s contributions to peace throughout the Asia-Pacific. They considered youth peacebuilding efforts and the Youth, Peace and Security agenda throughout the region and explored the barriers and opportunities to this engagement.

The roundtable event recording can be viewed here.

For more on these topics, you can also read Helen Berents and Caitlin Mollica’s Centre for Justice report, and their recent contribution to the Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter

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