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UNFPA, MYS and Partners Unveil Nat’l Action Plan

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By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: Recently, the official launch of the National Action Plan for Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) took place in Monrovia.

The National Action Plan, funded by the UNFPA was launched at a two-day workshop held at a local hotel in Sinkor from June 6-7 2024.

It brought together Stakeholders, Liberian youth from different organizations and backgrounds including persons with disabilities.
The plan is focused on key objectives such as building stakeholder capacities, promoting policy coherence, fostering youth inclusion, and increasing advocacy and awareness of the YPS agenda.

The initiative includes various activities like establishing a Coalition/taskforce on Youth, Peace, and Security, regional consultative workshops, recruitment of a national consultant, awareness sessions on Resolution 2250, and organizing stakeholder validation workshops.

The program aims to enhance awareness and knowledge of YPS among stakeholders, develop and adopt YPS national action plans, and increase youth participation in peace and security processes. It is expected to run from April 2024 to September 2025.

Remarking at the opening ceremony, UNFPA Representative, Bidisha Pillia said, Liberia, having faced two devastating civil wars, continues to grapple with challenges like high youth unemployment, poverty, limited access to basic social services, and corruption.

With youth constituting 75 percent of the country’s population of 5 million plus, building a resilient and inclusive society with active youth involvement is crucial for fostering peace and democracy.

This initiative champions a structured, multi- stakeholders’ approach with youth at the helm. It should create safe spaces for young voices to be heard.

“Here, young people can articulate their concerns, identify shared goals, and prioritize strategies for advancing the youth, peace, and security agenda,” she pointed out.

According to her, the Youth, Peace, and Security agenda goes far beyond mere inclusion.

It signifies a transformative shift in our approach to peacebuilding.

“By harnessing the unique strengths of young people, fostering collaboration, and securing sufficient resources, we can cultivate a future where youth are empowered leaders and active partners in securing lasting peace.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Cllr. J. Cole Bangalu, thanked the UNFPA and partners for the support towards the project thus far. He expressed the quest for more opportunities for youth in Liberia.

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