Security Council: Explanation of Vote on Youth, Peace & Security Resolution

Statement by H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom,
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York

New York, 6 June 2018

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

First, let me thank Peru and Sweden for their initiative to advance the Youth, Peace and Security agenda by proposing a resolution in follow-up to landmark resolution 2250. We commend both countries for the careful way they organized the process and we commend Jordan as the originator of resolution 2250.

Today, I have four points. My first point: why have we co-sponsored the text? We welcome the substance of the text and certainly its unanimously adoption by this Council. The obvious request for a follow-up report will ensure that this issue receives the attention by this Council and the wider UN system that it deserves.

We co-sponsored the text and we welcome that so many other member states have done so as well.

My second point: the need for a comprehensive approach. We appreciate that the resolution the importance of a comprehensive approach to conflict resolution, peacekeeping and sustaining peace. We welcome that the resolution reaffirms the important role that young people can play in these efforts.

We particularly welcome the Council’s intention to invite civil society, including youth-led organizations, as briefer here in the Council. We also welcome the encouragement to the Secretary-General to include in his reports progress made towards the participation of youth in peace processes.

My third point, Mr. President: the importance of the Progress Study. The Progress Study was an exceptional piece. Its methodology provided access and voice to over 4000 young men and women. These would ordinarily not have had the chance to participate, face-to-face, in this sort of policy-shaping process. It was this unique participatory approach that led the study to convincingly demonstrate how young people often feel unrepresented, how young people often feel excluded by the very institutions which are supposed to serve them.

We recognize the positive reception of the Progress Study by an overwhelmingly majority of the UN’s membership, including most members of this Council, in the Open Debate on the 23rd of April.

Mr. President, my fourth point: importance of listening to today’s youth. In negotiating this resolution, we have tried to do our utmost in having young voices heard, including through the active inputs from our own Youth Delegates. We commend our own Youth Delegates for their contribution in that context.

We express our hope that this Council will continue to listen to their voices. And we hope that this Council will increase youth’s participation in issues of peace and security.

The youth of the world has a legitimate desire to participate in decision-making on their own future.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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