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A Free Programming Handbook on Youth, Peace and Security

Youth, Peace and Security: A Programming Handbook, developed by the United Nations with the generous support of the Folke Bernadotte Academy – the Swedish Agency for Peace, Security and Development – seeks to contribute to the operational readiness and capacity of United Nations practitioners to implement the youth, peace and security (YPS) agenda.

The handbook is intended to be used by country, regional and global teams in the United Nations system, but it can also provide insights and guidance to field practitioners beyond the United Nations, including other international or regional organizations, national counterparts, youth-led and youthfocused organizations, movements and networks, and peacebuilding organizations.

The programming handbook builds on recent evidence and increasing momentum to prioritize youth-inclusive and youth-sensitive peace and security programming, as a core element of more sustainable and long-lasting peacebuilding efforts. It follows the interagency Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding1 and expands on the promising practices and limitations that the subsequent Practice Note on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding identifies.


Following an overview of the YPS agenda and background on changing attitudes towards the role of young people in peacebuilding in the Introduction, the handbook offers strategic guidance and practical advice on its operational implementation.

The successful implementation of this handbook will ensure that projects and programmes are informed by a full understanding of the ways in which young people experience and participate in their societies, and their interaction with peace and security matters.

You can download this handbook for free here.

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