The United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY Peacebuilders) is a global network of young people and youth organisations active in the field of peacebuilding. Their main areas of action are networking, training, empowerment for action/support to youth projects, campaigning and advocacy, and practical research on the role of youth in peacebuilding.
UNOY Peacebuilders “Voices for Peace” picture shows the organisations Youth Advocacy Team, while they visited New York in July of this year. During this visit they advocated, on behalf of UNOY Peacebuilders, for youth to play a meaningful role in peace-building, conflict prevention and conflict resolution, for youth and youth organizations in promoting peace and non-violence, and mobilizing youth for post-conflict reconstruction.
UNOY’s understanding of peace comes from the term “Positive Peace”. Which is taken from the UNGA: Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (1999), which states: “Recognizing that peace not only is the absence of conflict, but also requires a positive, dynamic participatory process where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation”
In the UNOY “Peacebag” Publication they also defines peace in this way;
People have different interpretations of the term peace. It is a word that is uttered almost as frequently as “truth”, “beauty” or “love.” It is sometimes equated to “harmony” and “tranquillity” – a state where there is no chaos. Yet for some people, the word peace has been over-used to the extent that it no longer has meaning. While some of these descriptions are appropriate, they are still limited in describing both the nature of peace and the role of the peacemaker. Any attempt to articulate the nature of peace must address the conditions related to it – conditions such as freedom, human rights, non-violence and disarmament, among others. Also included are proactive strategies such as conflict transformation, non-violence and community building.