HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani affirmed Qatar's commitment to implementing the main objectives and outputs of the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes, which was held virtually from January 19 to 21.
In Friday's speech before the closing session of the conference, HE the Foreign Minister said that Qatar prioritises the pivotal role of young men and women in peacebuilding and has co-operated with the UN in many initiatives to promote the youth, peace and security programme and works to revitalise comprehensive multilateralism.
He underlined that Qatar will not leave young men and women behind, as Qatar is are a young country consisting of a young population characterised by its passion and vision for a sustainable and peaceful future, adding that Qatar is a reliable partner and supporter to achieve the goals of the programme.
HE Sheikh Mohamed expressed Qatar's happiness in hosting this global conference and thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for his role in advancing this programme and the participants in the conference, saying that during the work of this conference, the participants have put several actionable policy recommendations and key outputs to ensure inclusive peace pathways for youth.
He also welcomed, in particular, the launch of the guidelines supporting the activation of the programme at the country-level and the five-year strategy to promote youth-inclusive peace processes based on the recommendations contained in the global policy paper, "We Are Here: An Integrated Approach to Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes."
HE Sheikh Mohamed commended the efforts made by the Member States, youth, civil society organisations, UN entities, and regional organisations to implement the programme, noting that they contributed to implementing the "Youth, Peace and Security Agenda at Country-level: A Guide for Public Officials."
He considered that the discussions that took place over the past two days highlighted the pivotal importance of youth as essential partners in transforming conflicts and building peace, underscoring the need to enhance their participation and representation, especially young women, in designing and implementing peace paths.
Also, the discussions confirmed that the implementation of the Youth, Peace and Security Programme, as stipulated in Security Council Resolution No 2535, requires the Member States to continue developing local, national, and regional road maps allocated with sufficient resources through participatory processes, especially with youth organisations, including monitoring, evaluation, and coordination, he added.
HE Sheikh Mohamed urged the Member States to support the implementation of the two main outputs that aim to advance the implementation of the programme and promote youth participation in peace processes at all levels of decision-making, based on specific contexts.