In Finland

The original idea for the 2250-resolution stems from the Finnish civil society. Civil society actors saw that the role of young people in peace processes should be strengthened. What could be more fitting than a resolution from the UN Security Council?

The Finnish UN Association, Finnish Youth Co-operation – Allianssi and the Finnish scouts took the initiative to have a resolution on the role of young people. The civil society actors gave the initiative paper to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the SuomiAreena event in Pori, Finland on the 15th of July 2011.

The initiative highlighted that the participation and empowerment of youth is a question of equality and rights in addition to international peace and security. According to the initiative young people have to bear the burden of violence without the right to participate in decision-making that lead to conflicts. The organizations suggested, that the resolution on women, peace and security (S/RES/1325) could work as a base for the youth, peace and security resolution.

The adoption of the resolution 2250 is a result of cooperation between youth organizations, the UN, civil society and states. Finnish youth organizations have been important influencers in the process that lead to the resolution being adopted. Today, organizations have an important role in advancing the implementation of the resolution.