Resolution's status in Afghanistan
Since the adoption of UNSC-R 2250, APT has worked tirelessly to localize this resolution and bring this document to the attention of the government and policy makers. Some of the initiatives have included the following:
On National Level:
Press Conference on Youth, Peace and Security
On December 29 2015, APT in cooperation with the Deputy Ministry of Youth Affairs held a press conference at the Government Media and Information Center calling on government to take action on the Resolution 2250 and recognize the role of youth in peace and security in Afghanistan. Nearly 40 male and female participants including local media attended and gave the event coverage.
Mr. Kamal Sadaat, Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs of the Afghan Government and Ali Fayez from APT along with other youth activists spoke as panelists. Ali of APT stated that “UN 2250
Resolution” shows a fundamental change in views of International Players towards youth positive role in peace and security. He further added, “lack of social consensus for peacebuilding in society has been the main reason behind infectiveness of political efforts in peace and security. We believe that peace and security is a social agreement before being a political one. If there is an agreement on a social level it will automatically lead to political agreement in this regard.”
Likewise, Kamal Saadat shared his views on the resolution and he stated that all sectors of Afghanistan Government are committed to implement the resolution and work for the Afghan youth. Mr. Sadat also called on UN member states to help Afghan youth in order to secure a more effective role in their society.
“The international community should consider financial support to Afghan youth in order to help them improve their lives and education,” he said.
The program continued with a press release calling on the Afghan government and relevant international agencies to consider the following demands:
- Afghan government should implement the SCR2250;
- The role of youth has been sidelined by government and is not prioritized. Afghan Government should structurally provide space for Afghan youth to be present at policy and decision making levels;
- Afghan youth have been one of the recruiting sources for the insurgent groups. Afghan government should seriously and urgently take steps to prevent this, by finding ways to counter extremism and radicalization of Afghan youth.
- Afghan government should recognize the role of youth in peace building and security, and Afghan youth should be included in peace talks.
- International agencies should empower Afghan youth-led organizations by providing them funds and technical support.
Media coverage of Resolution 2250
On December 2015, Ali of APT was invited for an interview in ToloNews Stadio. Ali explained the SCR2250 during his interview and pointed out that SCR2250 opens a new perspective about youth’s role towards peace and security. Ali stated “SCR2250 examines the issues of peace and security from a cultural perspective rather than a political one, ensuring youth empowerment and providing space to realize their potentials and should be highlighted by the government. He further explained “peace negotiations at a political level will not result in a sustainable peace in Afghanistan unless youth are considered in all levels equally; youth have the power to mobilize change at the grassroots level as well as push for structural changes at the governmental and policy levels”.
Research: Understanding Youth-led Civic Engagement in Peacebuilding in Afghanistan
APT, with the support of UNOY conducted a field research program in Afghanistan to examine young people’s roles in peacebuilding and study the factors that enable or/and constrain these roles. APT organized conversations, semi-structured interviews and focused group discussions with different groups of youth, government officials, and civil society members. The study represents a youth-led participatory action research in four countries: Afghanistan, Libya, Sierra Leone and Colombia. A comparative study in these four countries allowed an examination of young people’s roles in civic engagement initiatives in different cultural, historical and geographical contexts, where factors like gender and age may shape the roles of youth in peacebuilding in different ways. On the country level, APT published Afghanistan’s policy paper in two languages of Dari and English in this quarter.
Click here to access the Comparative research report
Click here to access the English version of policy
Click here to access the Dari version of policy