Finland's National Action Plan on UNSCR 2250
partnerships in consultations
In 2018 the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs announced that Finland will begin the preparation for the first National Action Plan on 2250. Our process has thrived to ensure that young people are heard broadly. This was done through a ‘peace survey’ and targeted consultations. The 2250-network took the lead for the consultations and distributing the survey.
- The most northern consultation was arranged in Ivalo; this potentially being the most northern 2250 event as of yet.
- Young people were reached though civil society organizations and municipalities’ youth programmes.
- The peace survey targeted 15-29 year old Finnish youth and youth living in Finland. Survey was open for two weeks in December 2018 and for another 4 weeks in January/February 2019.
The UN Association of Finland, Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi and Guides and Scouts of Finland presenting the UN Security General Ban Ki-moon with a petition on youth role in peacebuilding. In the petition the NGOs proposed the creation of a Security Council resolution on youth, peace and security.
The initiative emphasized that in addition to equality and justice youth participation and empowerment is about international peace and security. The burden of violence carried by youth was also highlighted, noting that while young people are severely affected by violence, they do not have opportunities to influence decisions that result in violence.
Amman Youth Declaration On Youth, Peace And Security was drafted in August 2015. The declaration presents young peacebuilders’ common vision and roadmap towards a strengthened policy framework to support youth in transforming conflict, preventing and countering violence and building sustainable peace.
On December 9 the UN Security Council adopts the resolution on youth, peace and security (2250). This historic resolution was the first UN resolution to recognize the key role young women and men play in advancing and maintaining international peace and security.
Finland’s 2250-network is established. The network aims to support the implementation of UNSCR 2250 nationally. The network is open to all those interested.
The timeline above summarizes how youth, peace and security theme has advanced in Finland.
Peace is not just the absence of violent conflict. It is a condition, which requires continued work and maintenance; this is relevant at home and elsewhere. We believe that peace cannot exist without the involvement of youth. For this reason we have set up this website to inform the public about the role youth and youth organizations play in building and maintaining peace. We also demand that governments’ take concrete steps to enable youth involvement in peace processes.
Finland has experience and credibility to advance UNSCR 2250. Youth, peace and security theme started in Finland, by Finnish youth activists. Finland presents a strong case for effective youth participation. Our youth councils were written to law in 2015 and youth participation has been supported at all levels of society. The Finnish UN Youth Delegate programme has been running for over two decades (since 1997).
The resolution supports Finland’s foreign policy. One of the key objectives of our development policy is to build stability in developing countries, support youth employment and education as well as prevent radicalization. Young men and young women should also be seen as positive agents in Finnish Foreign Policy instead of being purely targets of policies. Investing in young people we can specifically and directly impact the situation of refugees and migrants as well as prevent radicalization.
The resolution advances the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Especially goal 16 is directly relevant to the resolution, as it requires states to build more peaceful societies, ensure access to justice and develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
Members of the network approach government officials and politicians to advocate for the realization of the UNSCR 2250.
Spring 2018: Minister of Foreign Affairs Soini announces that Finland will begin the process for drafting a NAP on UNSCR 2250; first country in the world to do so.
Autumn 2018: Youth organizations with support from the 2250-network begin consultations with Finnish youth and youth living in Finland. The aim of the consultations is to find out youth views on advancing peace and how Finland should support this work nationally and internationally.
Finland hosts the fist of its kind international symposium on the role of youth in peacebuilding. Co-hosts include the UN, Qatar, Colombia, United Network of Young Peacebuilders and Search for Common Ground.
In spring 2019 the report outlining findings from the consultations and peace survey is finalized and published.