#SeparatedbutUnited - hope of a better future
As the world starts to look towards the social and economic recovery following the global coronavirus pandemic, the lives, rights and wellbeing of a whole generation of young people depends on what comes next. This series of short blog posts on how we build a better future are all written by the Board Members of the European Youth Forum.
Youth peace and security in Covid-19 times
Written by Jovana Majstorovic
In the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, a highly expected report from the UN Secretary General on the implementation of resolutions 2419 (2018) and 2250 (2015) was released, giving more recommendations for actions to the Security Council, Member States, and the UN.
While general youth participation in the context of Youth Peace and Security has significantly improved in recent years with regards to inclusivity, a more systematic approach to implementing resolutions 2250 (2015) and 2419 (2018) still remains a challenge, and is urgently needed. There has been a great effort by the civil sector and relevant youth organisations to have their voices heard and now we must see more action from the Member States to recognise and value those voices.
We must use all our resources to continue advocating for more youth participation in peace processes, humanitarian context, governance and political arenas, but also in informal participation. Young people not only have been important actors in peacebuilding actions, but are also the ones who, when given the chance, have contributed the most.
The protection of human rights and opportunities for decent living conditions remains a priority in this field. Living in turbulent times, it is highly important to provide physical and mental support to all young people living or coming from endangered areas.
We should not forget that we live in a new era now, with Covid-19 as our present, but also the future. The impact that this pandemic has left, and will continue to leave, in the sense of general peace and security in everyday life is tremendous. Our role is to understand and to adjust to the new circumstances we are facing but also to continue our struggle for peaceful and secure societies where young people will be able to live in safety and reach their full potential.
She has been active in Democratic Youth in Serbia since she was 18 years old and from 2012 until 2016 she served as a counselor in the Belgrade Municipality. In 2017 she was elected Vice President of Young European Socialists, and delegate of YES in the European Youth Forum. In her current political career she was involved in social policies, international affairs and EU enlargement with a specific focus on the Western Balkans. Jovana is currently a Youth Forum Board Member responsible for Youth Peace and Security and she is a representative of the Youth Forum in RYCO- the regional youth cooperation office in Western Balkans.