UNMIK Youth Advisor and Kosovo Young Peacebuilders Brief Security Council

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UNMIK was one of the three UN missions presenting  their best practices at the United Nations Security Council Arria formula* meeting on "Implementation of the Youth, Peace, and Security agenda by UN Peace Operations" held on 9 September.

During the meeting, UNMIK Youth Advisor Iana Minochkina briefed the Council about how the mission localised the UN's Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda through a representative Kosovo-wide youth consultation process and adoption of the "Kosovo Roadmap on YPS". She also highlighted the following key factors contributing to the successful implementation of the mission's YPS Programme under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Mission Zahir Tanin:

  • Working with youth as partners and launching a multi-ethnic network of young Kosovo peacebuilders;
  • Dedicated support to youth-led peace initiatives;
  • Networking and partnership through the informal network of Youth Advisers working in Somalia, Iraq and Colombia, as well as cooperation with the UN Kosovo Team, the Peacebuilding Support Office and the UN Youth Envoy.

“All efforts to advance peace and security in Kosovo should involve empowerment and effective participation of young people in inter-ethnic trust-building, local governance and economic development,” Minochkina told the Council.

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This project is supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and is implemented by the New Social Initiative. Expressed opinions represent the authors’ views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNMIK or New Social Initiative.

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