Joint Funders Roundtable Discussion on Promoting & Supporting Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding & Violence Prevention

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20 September 2017 New York, USA

In conjunction with International Peace Day and the UN General Assembly, Elevate Children Funders Group, Human Rights Funders Network, and the Peace and Security Funders Group held a roundtable to discuss the role of funders in supporting the Youth Peace and Security agenda. The meeting was opened by representatives of the UN Secretary General’s Office and the discussion framed by expert discussants from the Office of the Progress Study, UNDP, and civil society.

The roundtable discussion core objectives were to: (i) raise awareness of UNSCR 2250, the Progress Study, and discuss the YPS agenda; (ii) better understand where global policymaking is heading in relation to YPS agenda, the SDGs, the securitization of public policy, and the current understanding and responses to youth; (iii) explore how philanthropy across the different sectors of peace and security, child protection and violence prevention, and human rights currently supports initiatives which are or could be connected to the YPS agenda; (iv) assess emerging trends, gaps, and opportunities for coordination and collaboration; and (v) strategically brainstorm on philanthropy’s value-add in supporting innovative approaches and possible entry points on this important agenda.