MESSENGERS OF PEACE

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Every peace messenger from Cameroon to Senegal rejoiced last week over the decision of the Gambian President to step down in the interest of peace and safety of The Gambia. This decision buttresses the point that dialogue would always prevail over violence and that we cannot drive out violence with another form of aggression.

Young people all over the globe were appalled by the call for war to enforce the electoral outcome. The world has seen enough of bloodshed and young people can no longer be bystanders.

The world is going through a rapid, transformative process of globalization and we have to act as one human being. We also need to nurture multilateralism because we are living in a tightly interconnected world. It is time to draw some lessons from Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Germany. Coming closer to home, we need to learn lessons from Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwean. Violence is never and should never be the last resort. We should always leave room for mediation, reconciliation and peace.

The UNSCR # 2250 creates a solid platform for the involvement and participation of young people in peace consolidation and sustainable development. Engagement of young people in the implementation of sustainable development goals is a perennial, perpetual and eternal function for global peace, development and security. Achieving Agenda 2030 gives us a new vision and hope for future generations.

Two days ago, Messengers of Peace–Liberia was at the UN High-level Dialogue entitled “Building Sustainable Peace for All: Synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustaining Peace.”

Speaking at the UN General Assembly High-Level Dialogue for the first time was a career defining experience as one of four discussion leaders (experts) at the interactive high level dialogue workshop on
“Empowering women and youth for peace and sustainable development.” This workshop was organized in collaboration with UN Women.

Looking at the windshield and not the rear view mirror, it was an occasion to provide recommendations for the establishing a Global Network of Young Mediators, investment in human social security through the provision of subventions, grants and other support to youth based organizations involved in peace and security programs and national dialogues with youth and women on Agenda 2030 leaving no one behind, using the New Deal Principle and with a focus on the talents, innovative abilities and energy of young people.

The panelists from Association of War Affected Women in Sri Lanka, Peace Building Support Office at UNHQ, Youth Advocate from Libya, Center for Women, Peace and Security, London School of Economics, delivered the message on various areas of WPS, YPS and sustainable development. Mr. Graeme Simpson, Director of Interpeace USA and as appointed lead author of UN Advisory Group of Experts for Progress
Study on Youth, Peace and Security on UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, moderated the dialogue. #ByFaithSheLeads #Womenpeaceandsecurity #Youth4peace #Sustainablepeace.

MOP-Liberia representation at High Level Dialogue was at the invitation of the President of the Seventy-First session of the United Nations General Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Peter Thomson, as part of the ongoing efforts to promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Sustaining Peace.

The future belongs to those who would like to change it peacefully. We can be the generation remembered for achieving Agenda 2030. It is important to serve. Volunteer and use your gift for peace.

Until next week when we come to you with another of our series on harnessing the latent energy of young people for peaceful elections – Part V, let peace be your watch work, peace first, peace above all else. May peace prevail on earth!

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