In 2014, the High Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in South East Asia recommended that the region’s young leaders be engaged in atrocity prevention work. See the report here (PDF, 1.5MB).

The importance of young people’s voices in the peace and security space has been increasingly recognised over recent years. UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) recognised “the importance of youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.” Five pillars were identified for action in relation to youth contributions to peacebuilding: Participation, Partnerships, Prevention, Protection and Disengagement, and Re-integration.

In June 2018, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2419 calling for increased representation of young people in the development and implementation of peace agreements and other aspects of peace processes such as disarmament, community violence reduction programmes, and countering violent extremism and terrorism.

In July 2020, UN Security Council Resolution 2535 was passed, highlighting the role of youth in preventing and resolving conflict, and in building peace. The resolution encourages Member States to include young people in decision-making processes.


The APR2P Centre is developing a series of youth-focused webinars on various aspects of R2P to be released periodically on our YouTube channel. The first two involve networking in the atrocity prevention arena, and understanding sexual and gender-based violence in mass atrocity crimes.

Networks for Youth in Atrocity Prevention

Understanding Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Mass Atrocity Crimes (Youth)