Various principles, checklists and minimum requirements for the meaningful engagement of a diversity of young people have been developed and are laid out in the following programmatic guidance to inform youth sensitive programming to sustain peace during electoral processes
As described in the United Nations Security Council mandated independent progress study on youth, peace and security, building and sustaining peace through supporting the role of youth as critical agents of change demands reorientation from governments and the multilateral system. In this regard, the three mutually reinforcing strategies are:
The guiding principles for young people’s participation in peacebuilding set forward through the Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding of the UN Interagency Network for Youth Development (UN IANYD) are:
The checklist on meaningful youth engagement by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) highlights that inclusivity, preparation, protection and follow-up are crucial ingredients for meaningfhttps://unoy.org/downloads/mye-checklist/ul youth participation and require appropriate time and resources that should not be borne by the youth themselves. The objectives are to:
The principles on meaningful youth engagement by the Major Group for Children and Youth include engagement that is: self-organized, legally mandated/rights-based, designated, well-resourced and accountable.
The UNDP good practice guide on youth political participation outlines principles for activities supporting effective and meaningful youth political participation. These activities should be:
The ‘Youth, Peace and Security Programming Handbook’ sets out minimum requirements for youth, peace and security programming: