The Middle East continues to be at crossroads, inflicted with conflicts and complex security dynamics that continue fuelling them. The effects of these conflicts now stand exacerbated at the backdrop of COVID-19 and a rapidly changing world order, exposing the deeply troubling fault lines in the regions’ social, cultural and political dynamics. Amid this backdrop, young men and women stand highly affected by conflicts and its explicit and implicit consequences, making the region one of the most dangerous places in the world for adolescents and youth to live in.
While there has been a growing recognition in the international arena of the role young people can play in building peace and challenging violent extremism, it is still in its nascent stage. It has only been five (5) years since the UN Security Council’s first Resolution on Youth, Peace, and Security passed and we are far from ensuring a comprehensive involvement of young people in the decision making processes for better informed policies that can warrant lasting peace in the region.
Date: 2 September 2020
Time: 9 AM EST
Session: Moderated Small Group Discussion (Sub-Regional)
Where: Online (Zoom or Meet)
Duration: 1 Hour
Limited audience participation.