The International Youth Day (IYD), celebrated on 12th August each year, was established by the United Nations in 2000, as a means of raising awareness of issues affecting young people around the world. The theme for the year 2017 is ‘Youth Building Peace’, wherein the focus is on developing young leaders for a better tomorrow, which has also been reaffirmed by the adoption of Security Council Resolution (SCR) 2250 on youth, peace and security, which offers an important policy framework for peacebuilding interventions that meaningfully involve young women and men and support their leadership in peacebuilding. On the eve of IYD 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Volunteers India (UNV India) held a National Consultation as a part of their project ‘Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS)’.
The National Consultation was organized with the following objectives:
• Gather the voices of youth involved in peacebuilding on issues of peace and sustainability through volunteerism as a way forward in relation to SDG goals.
• Discuss perspectives, challenges and priorities to support the active participation of youth, considering their diversity, social cohesion, conflict transformation and local and national peacebuilding.
• Share knowledge and information stemming from recent research and analysis on this topic;
• Generate a youth network that promotes the active inclusion of young people in peace and security processes at the local, national and regional level
• Explore how youth continue to provide innovative and sustainable ideas to address the development challenges through volunteering
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