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The world’s youth population tops 1.8 billion, and many of those young people are living with violent conflict. Youth populations have long led grassroots efforts for peace and justice, yet they remain underrepresented in policy decisions. This legislation seeks to address the problem.
The Youth, Peace and Security Act, introduced in the House on March 10, 2020, would require the U.S. government – in collaboration with global civil society – to create a policy that promotes the inclusion and meaningful participation of young people in overseas peacebuilding and conflict-prevention efforts. It also would establish a fund for young peacebuilders’ programs.
The bill, H.R. 6174, is cosponsored by Reps. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., Susan Brooks, R-Ind., Dean Phillips, D-Minn., and John Curtis, R-Utah.
In 2014, the world’s youth population rose to 1.8 billion, according to the U.N. Population Fund, and many of those young people are living with violent conflict. Youth populations have long led grassroots efforts for peace and justice — creating movements, organizations and networks to prevent violence and mitigate the effects of conflict. Yet they remain underrepresented in policy decisions and government activities. The legislation aims to address these issues.
The Youth, Peace and Security Act categorizes youth as between the ages of 16 to 29.
The legislation would:
The growing list of supporting organizations include Peace Direct, Alliance for Peacebuilding, +Peace, Search for Common Ground, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Generations for Peace and STAND: the student-led movement to end mass atrocities.
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