Somali Youth United for Peace

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The Somali Launch of the Amman Declaration in Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo.

On 17 December 2015, in partnership with the FGS and Somali youth civil society organizations (Y-Peer & Maan Somalia), the United Nations hosted the Somali Launch of the Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security in Mogadishu.

In recent months, the UN in Somalia has significantly increased its engagement on this issue through dedicated capacity, integrated programming, advocacy and communications initiatives. The Somali Launch of the Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security, mark another milestone in this renewed focus. 

The Somali Launch of the Amman Declaration on Youth, Peace and Security was the first national follow-up event to the Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security, hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 21 and 22 August 2015. The event was an opportunity to highlight the positive roles and leadership that Somali youth could play and is already playing in preventing and resolving conflict, violence and extremism.

In the light of the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, unanimously adopted on 9 December 2015, the event in Mogadishu was also a unique opportunity to discuss and agree specific recommendations for the practical implementation of the Resolution 2250 in Somalia.

The launch was attended by senior government officials including the Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Mohamed Omar Arteh, Minister of Youth & Sports H.E. Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, Minister of Planning & International Cooperation H.E. Abdirahman Yusuf A. Aynte, Minister of Women & Human Rights H.E. Sahra Samatar, as well as 250 youth representatives, out of which 75 were representatives from the different regions, including: South-West, Puntland State of Somalia, Jubaland, Galmudug, Middle Shabelle, Hiraan and Somaliland.

Yasir Osman Mohamed, a youth delegate from Banaadir, said the Amman Declaration was a wake-up-call for Somali youth. “As a young man, I know there are other youth who are on the wrong side, and I urge them to embrace peace. I want to show the better side of the youth in a very bold way. Today, enough is enough. We have been in civil war for the last 25 years and that has impacted on our lives negatively,” said Mr. Mohamed.

The event generated the Somali Youth for Peace Pact, a compilation of actionable recommendations in the form of action points to promote youth’s socio-economic empowerment, to strengthen their role in preventing violence and building peace, to increase youth participation and leadership in peace and security and to promote gender equality.

The event was also a unique opportunity to bring together existing youth networks, youth-led organizations, young leaders and other actors to create a national-wide coalition of young leaders for peace and security in Somalia. This coalition will be able to collaborate on a series of peace- and state-building initiatives, including trainings and awareness raising as well as lobbying 2016 political candidates to commit to the “Somali Youth for Peace” pact.

During the event the #SomaliYouth4Peace campaign was launched to feature inspiring stories of Somali youth leaders, youth-led organizations and other initiatives that are countering violent extremism and radicalization, contributing to peace-building and conflict transformation.

To learn more about this, download the full report of the event and the Somali Youth for Peace Pact on the right side under 'Downloads'.