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On November 14th and 15th members of the United Nations Association in Canada as well as a delegation of students from Prince George (students from both the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia) attended the “Youth as Peacebuilder’s Forum” that took place in Vancouver. This two-day event was a portion of the larger “3rd UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial” and had student and youth representatives from across British Columbia to discuss improvements to the United Nations peacekeeping operations. As outlined in the official event:
“The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will elevate Canadian youth perspective on peace building as well as review and validate the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peace building. The Progress Study is mandated through UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security, the first resolution to recognize youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. The resolution highlights five pillars for action: Participation, Protection, Prevention, Partnership and Disengagement and Reintegration. The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will explore these pillars and will culminate in a final report to be submitted to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and UN Secretariat.”
UNAC Prince George was represented in the youth forum by Karista Olson, who led her group throughout the event and even was asked to speak on their chosen subject. British Columbia representative and UNAC Prince George member Kyle Cameron was also present at the forum as an official observer.