Launch of the Comprehensive Research Review on "Youth of Central Asia: Challenges for Peacebuilding"

7 February 2022

On Thursday, 10 February 2022, at 2 pm (Almaty time) the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty will organize a presentation of the publication on the Comprehensive Research Review on Youth of Central Asia: Challenges for Peacebuilding.

Together with the author, Dr. Laura Yerekesheva, youth, experts and colleagues from UNESCO and other UN Agencies will discuss the findings and recommendations presented in the research in a 1.5-hour online session.

UNESCO launched this review in 2018 in order to understand the peculiarities of the youth in Central Asia, identify the existing challenges the youth are facing on their way to peacebuilding and to elaborate recommendations on how to address them.

Although the youth development issues are high on the international and regional agendas, there are still insufficient measures in place to address the social, economic and political needs and ensure the participation of the youth in Central Asia. Nevertheless, institutional frameworks, policy instruments and the best practices exist to improve the situation.

As of 2020, the total population of the four countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) was 68.46 million, of which youth comprised 16.55 million or 24,1%. This highlights the urgency required for elaborating and implementing special policies on youth development.

In Central Asia, the peace and peacebuilding agenda is tightly connected with the development agenda, as neither is possible without the other, and these, in turn, are intrinsically concern the youth. This is the first report to provide a detailed overview of the existing challenges to the youth of the 4 countries of the region Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan, Uzbekistan structured around the three main themes of peacebuilding: (1) an education and learning environment; (2) economic and social participation; and (3) civic engagement.

Governments, international organizations, professionals and policymakers, actors in peacebuilding and development sectors, academia and NGOs are invited to join forces to step up their support for the youth in the region for a more just, sustainable and peaceful future.

The launch event will be opened by Ms.Krista Pikkat, Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty; the key findings and recommendations will be presented by Professor and Researcher, Dr.Laura Yerekesheva and the UNESCO Office in Almaty will moderate the discussion session to follow.

Organization responsible:
UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty

Ms. Arina Myassoyed ( )
Ms. Aruzhan Bekbossynova ( )

Registration information:
Please register via this link before 9 February 2022.

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