ASA girls share their thoughts at the United Nations

In December 2016, ASA students were invited to participate in a research project led by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Occidental College, USA.

Over the past few months, UNDP has partnered with Occidental College on an important research project to help build the evidence base making the case for the key role of young people in sustaining and promoting peace.

18 young researchers from Occidental College were asked to explore the contributions of young people to peace and security in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia and in the Arab States. UNSC Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security is a milestone in bringing international recognition to the work of young people as peacebuilders and in calling for their participation in peace processes at all levels.

The findings of the Occidental College researchers will feed into the UN Security Council Resolution 2250-mandated Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security and will contribute to improving UNDP’s policy and programming in its engagement with young people for sustainable development and peace.

African Science Academy students were asked to contribute to this research project by sending in short film-clips answering the questions below. Their recommendations were screened at the UNDP Headquarters in New York. The short film is now available on the UNDP Youth Youtube channel and website.

ASA Students were asked to answer 3 questions:

1. What are you most hopeful for?

2. If you could say one thing to world leaders, what would it be?

3. What do you think is the most important thing in solving conflict?

What did they respond? Watch the short film below to find out!