|Place||:||Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole, Lalitpur|
|Date||:||24 September 2017|
Association of Youth Organization Nepal (AYON), and Search for Common Ground (Search) Nepal organized a National Sharing Workshop on, “Participation of Youth in Peacebuilding,” on 24th September 2017. The workshop was organized to disseminate research findings conducted by Search with youth belonging to 7 most affected conflict districts: Saptari, Rautahat, Kapilvastu, Rolpa, Bardia, Gorkha, and Kailali. The research echoes the experiences of youth belonging to the Hilly and Terai region of the country, documenting their experiences related to the decade-long conflict, and their understanding of the current conflict brewing in the Terai region of the country. Chief Guest of the program, Hon. State Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, Shyam Kumar Shrestha opined, “The research provides evidence that youth can be peace agents, and the government acknowledges their role in peacebuilding.” Giving reference to the manifold political changes in the country, he stated that positive political change in the country was successful because of youth involvement, and their contribution should be lauded.
“The research finding echoes the plight of youth – both involved and affected by conflict and their grievances towards the state mechanism which, according to them has deprived them from the ongoing peace process of the country,” states, Niresh Chapagain, Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Accountability (DME&A) Manager, Search for Common Ground (Search). “The research identifies a brewing tension between the state and the youth – and we need to address this disparity for strengthened peace and development.”
According to Search for Common Ground (Search), the research findings will be reflected in the UN General Secretary’s report on “Youth, Peace, and Security,” and will significantly contribute to the promotion, advocacy, and localization of the UN Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, and Security. The research consultations essays the role of youth in Prevention, Participation, Protection, Partnership, and Disengagement and Reintegration – the key pillars highlighted in the UN Resolution 2250. The research features consultations, evidence, and findings of youth role in designing interventions to stall violence, and also echoes youth accomplishment in sensitizing the influential stakeholders about the viability of involving youth in Nepal’s peace process.