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Youth seek increased participation in peace process

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Youth Peace Activists on Tuesday urged the government to increase participation of young men and women in promoting peace and countering extremism.

They urged the government to implement the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 2250 resolution and engage youth in decision-making at all levels.

Fatema Ehsani, a peace activist, said that the government has turned its blind eye toward youth. She called on the government to increase participation of youth in the decision-making.

She said that Afghan youth are being recruited by terrorist organizations, thus, she urged the government to fight against extremism and militancy. “The government should increase participation of youth in the peace-building efforts,” she added.

She also urged the international organizations to lend their support to youth organizations.

The Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in Youth Affairs, Kamal Sadaat, said that efforts were underway to support youth development. “Youth are the main victims of war, thus, we urge the United Nations to provide a platform for the new generation of Afghanistan to discuss their challenges,” he added.

He also urged the UN to improve quality of education and health care services for youth and raise their awareness.

Hinting at illegal immigration of youth to foreign countries, he said that Afghan youth should stay in Afghanistan and work for development of their country.

It is pertained to mention that UNSC adopted resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security in December, 2015.  The resolution signals the world leaders’ acknowledgement of youth’s contribution to countering violent extremism and recognizing them crucial partners in building a safer world.

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