October 26th, in the ambit of the United Nations Day, UN Association Albania organized the Roundtable event “Albania’s contribution to the UN Security Council – Youth lenses for a Common Agenda“. H.E. Ferit Hoxha, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Albania to the UN, Mrs. Klenia Kasanai, Director of the National Youth Agency and the partners of the National Network for Youth, Peace and Security were present at the event.
The activity comes at a time when the UN Secretary-General has launched the “Common Agenda“, after a year of multilateral consultations, organized in the framework of the organization’s 75th anniversary. The publication calls on member states to take action and design policies in line with the twelve identified priorities, including: “Listen and work with youth”. On another note, Albania is awaiting its’ Mandate as a Non-Permanent Member of the Security Council (UNSC) during the period 2022-2023. Although its priorities in the UNSC highlight the “Women, Peace and Security” Agenda, Climate, or Human Rights, youth perspectives remain not clearly articulated.
Following the in-depth presentation of Albania’s priorities in the UNSC by Mr. Hoxha, the participants discussed the space of young people in these commitments.
The conversation touched upon issues such as:
- Youth perceptions on peace and security issues;
- youth participation in peace processes and mechanisms for participation;
- barriers that discourage youth engagement;
- how concrete initiatives of institutions, local government units, civil society organizations or individuals can help overcome these obstacles.
Throughout the event, Mr. Hoxha held the position that Youth is not a separate segment of Albania’s priorities in the Security Council, but an essential building block of each of them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Kasanai, joined by representatives of the Network, constantly emphasized the importance of cooperation between stakeholders: institutions – civil society, National Youth Agency – Youth, through projects and capacity building initiatives.
The team of the “Building Partnership for Youth, Peace and Security” Project, in the framework of which the activity took place, will continue the conversation through the National Survey on Youth Perceptions of Peace. With the support of partners who are co-designing the National Network for Youth, Peace and Security, the same questions will be consulted with young people from all over the country and from different walks of life.
*This post was prepared in the framework of “ , ” Project. Complementing the Project’s Goal, our team launched the National Survey on Youth Perceptions on Peace. Share your thoughts on Peace and invite your friends and peers to do the same here: https://bit.ly/Youth-Survey-on-Peace What does peace mean to you?