UN Somalia Implementation of Security Council Resolution 2250

Somalia is one of the youngest countries in the world. Therefore, engaging and empowering young Somalis is a requirement for the United Nations to deliver its mandates. Failure to meaningfully respond to the aspirations and needs of 81.5% of the country’s population undermines the prospect of lasting peace and stability in Somalia.

On 9 December 2015, the Council unanimously adopted a ground-breaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security, recognising that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”. Resolution 2250 (2015) identifies five fundamental pillars for action: (1) participation; (2) protection, (3) prevention; (4) partnerships; and (5) disengagement and reintegration. This landmark resolution urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels, and to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes.

Guided by the UN Youth Strategy for Somalia — part of the UN Strategic Framework (2017-20) — the UN in Somalia is working to implement the Security Council Resolution 2250 because it recognises the role of youth as partners in development efforts. Placing social, political and economic empowerment at the core of the UN’s work is a vital prerequisite for lasting transformation in Somalia.

The report was part of an inter-agency stocktaking exercise to monitor the implementation of the SCR2250 in Somalia.

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