Guided by the vision of the UNSC/Res/2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, its’ proposed actions, as well as, the perceived lack of an all-stakeholders coordinated approach towards its’ on-ground implementation in Albania, the aim is to initiate a nationwide effort of coordinating action, pooling resources, and collectively strategizing interventions onwards the effective inclusion of young Albanians into the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation processes.
As a first step, in the framework of Albania’s non-Permanent Membership at the UN Security Council (2022-2023 Mandate), advocating for the introduction of a Youth mainstreaming component, within its’ Plan of Action is among the Project’s goals. To that end, the initiative is set to develop as a co-design process, including grassroots youth actors, regional initiatives, and international stakeholders – that will collectively frame and incept a National Network on Youth, Peace, and Security.
Such a bottom-up process is planned to be supported by accurate data from a nationwide Survey and local workshops, which in parallel, will feed into the design and content of a “Peace Week 2022”, to be transformed into a yearly high-point of Peace talks and activities. It is set to shape the framework under which an array of initiatives and interventions from stakeholders, will get the stage and gain momentum.
In a nutshell, the overarching idea of this initiative is the co-development of a YPS Network, which will facilitate strategic dialogue, better coordinated – and ultimately – more effective
interventions towards the advancement of the role and space for youth participation in the peacebuilding efforts. Our efforts will be as strong – as each of its’ members!