UNA-Canada Partnership

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), with the support of the Department of National Defence, is hosting a Youth as Peacebuilders Forum as part of the 3rd UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on November 14-15, 2017.

UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial

Over 500 delegates from more than 70 countries and international organizations are expected to take part in the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial. Delegates will discuss improvements to UN peacekeeping operations and focus on securing new pledges from Member States. An event called Focus on Peacekeeping will complement the conference and will explore the importance of a comprehensive approach to peacekeeping. Youth as Peacebuilders will be featured as one of two themes.

Youth as Peacebuilders Forum

The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will elevate Canadian youth perspective on peacebuilding as well as review and validate the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peacebuilding. 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.

Call for Delegates and Peer Leader

UNA-Canada is looking to engage 10 to 12 SFU students, between the ages of 18 and 29, as youth delegates for the Forum. Delegates will take part in 3 consultations in advance of the Forum:

Consultation 1: Overview of UNSCR 2250 (2015) and Youth, Peace and Security

Consultation 2: Exploring youth initiatives, youth engagement and partnerships

Consultation 3: Recommendations: Challenges and Solutions

All delegates will meet in-person on November 14 to prepare their inputs for a report on youth-inclusive peacebuilding work in Canada and the world. On November 15, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with the Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence of Canada and UN leaders on their findings.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for the Peer Leader position. The Peer Leader will lead the SFU delegation and will be responsible for guiding, facilitating and moderating the consultations. Peer Leaders should demonstrate particular interest and expertise on youth, peace and security.


to be a student delegate and/or peer leader
The application deadline is October 16, 2017 at noon (12PM PST). We encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.