UN member states are responsible for implementing the resolution at the national level, however it is very important that youth and the civil society take part in the process as well. There are a number of ways in which we can support UNSCR 2250 relevant work in our schools, workplaces as well as at local, national and international levels.
Join the 2250 network!
The objective of the network is to promote UNSCR 2250 implementation in Finland. It consists of civil society organizations and individuals interested in the resolution. The current secretary of the network is the Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi. Meetings are open to all those interested and we encourage everyone interested in the topic to join our next meeting or event.
The easiest way to join is through the network’s Facebook page, there you can find information on upcoming events, next meeting and progress made on UNSCR 2250.
Find a way for you to take action
Organize an event?
Organize a youth, peace and security event in your hometown. Various events are a great way to increase awareness about the resolution and to get other young people, decision-makers and organizations involved.
Here are a few tips to get you going:
- Think about what kind of event works best in your town? Is it an initiative, a panel discussion, a seminar or something else?
- What is your target group? Who do you definitely want to show up – students, local decision-makers, politicians, youth activists, NGO representatives..?
- Where could the event take place? How to market the event – through your school, on social media, through local organizations’ newsletters, other?
- Budget? Where you could you find a sponsor for the event?
- Build a team! Contact local youth organizations, schools or media to build a team for the event.
- Could you link the youth, peace and security event to another international day?
- for example: 20 February World Day of Social Justice
- 24 March International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
- 16 May International Day of Living Together in Peace
- 15 July World Youth Skills Day
- 21 September International Day of Peace
- Ask friends, colleagues and youth organizations to spread the word on your event.
Build partnerships and advocate
Advocating for a cause means bringing it to people’s attention so it will gain support and be addressed by policy-makers and other relevant actors.
- Brainstorm with your organization and partners what kind of message you would like to advocate for. You can address the entirety of the resolution or concentrate on a specific aspect of it e.g. improving youth participation in decision-making, conflict prevention, preventing radicalization etc.
- Select the partners you would like to involve in your UNSCR 2250 campaign e.g. youth or peace organizations, your local council or youth council etc.
- Remember to define your target group!
- What will your campaign be? E.g. social media campaign, a workshop or a training on the topic?
- Contact your local media for coverage.
Resolution 2250 portrays youth as partners in preventing violence, countering violent extremism and building peace. By engaging with other stakeholders we can achieve a greater impact and visibility:
- Find yourself an ally or sponsor. Map relevant actors already working in the peace and security field in your community. The 2250 network is happy to support you in this, or maybe you already know people involved in your local youth council, peace movement or decision-makers.
- Think of how both parties can contribute in a possible partnership: you might know a lot about how to engage young people, while the other part might have networks or funds that you don’t possess.
- Reach out to those actors and find out how you can collaborate.