The role of Africa’s youth in peace building is crucial!

Feb 15, 2022, 11:35 AM

Peace is a concept of societal friendships and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence.

In a social sense, a peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict such as war and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups.

Throughout history, leaders have used peacemaking and diplomacy to establish a type of behavioral restraint that has resulted in the establishment of regional peace or economic growth through various forms of agreement or peace treaties.

Such behavioral restraints have often resulted in reduced conflict, greater economic interactivity and consequently substantial prosperity.

Psychological peace (such as peaceful thinking and emotions) is perhaps less well defined, yet often a necessary precursor to establishing behavioral peace.

Peaceful behavior sometimes results from peaceful inner deposition. Some have expressed the belief that peace can be initiated with a certain quality of inner tranquility that does not upon the uncertainties of daily life. The acquisition of such a peaceful internal deposition for oneself and others can contribute to resolving otherwise seemingly irreconcilable competing interests. Peace is not often in the state of excitement although we are happy when excited, but peace is when one’s mind is quiet and satisfied.

United Nations International Youth Day is arguably the most important day on the UN calendar you may not have heard of. However, there are roughly 1.8 billion reasons you should take note. Today’s peak youth generation represents the largest in human history and more than half of the global population is under the age of 30. Perhaps even more consequential to the security and economic landscape is that lower income, often volatile regions, house a significant majority of young people worldwide. Poverty, inequality, conflict and displacement threaten stability and peace.

Recognizing the imperative of these demographic and security dynamics the UN Security Council under a US presidency, unanimously adopted Resolution 2250 on Youth and Peace.

While youth can be a boom to economies, hundreds of millions of young people are neither in school nor can’t work and many labour markets keep pace in creating enough jobs to absorb new entrants contributing to alarming levels of unemployment.

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