The European Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding (EYPB) welcomes the European Union’s (EU) increased commitment to children and youth in peace and security, in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) and the UN Global Progress Study report. The peacebuilding community appreciates the EU’s leadership in championing the Youth, Peace and Security agenda (YPS) as a global actor which reflects the existing vision of the EU as a peace project.
In May 2018, the EU took important steps to ensure the implementation of UNSCR 2250 in Europe and beyond by adopting the Council Conclusions on the role of young people in building a secure, cohesive and harmonious society and by organising the EU Conference on Youth, Peace and Security in a joint partnership between EU institutions, UN agencies, civil society and young peacebuilders. Now more than ever, it is high time that the political commitments are reflected throughout EU’s cross-cutting policies while resources need to be allocated for addressing the needs of young peacebuilders both within the EU and in its partner countries. This is much needed to ensure the EU lives up to and increases support for the peacebuilding community.