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Inclusive Peace: The Way Forward, Thematic Breakout session, 10th Economic and Social Council Youth Forum
7 Apr 2021 -  The fallout of the pandemic, and its exacerbation of pre-existing inequalities (SDG 10) and discrimination, have highlighted the importance of the provision of justice, anti-discrimination legislation and strong institutions in supporting the rights of all, including youth (SDG 16). Indeed, targets 10.2 and 10.3 directly relate to SDG 16’s commitment to non-discriminatory laws and policies.

In this breakout session, the discussions will focus on SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) in the context of access to services, decent jobs, quality education and justice. It will also address the youth contribution towards realizing SDG 16 (Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies) by launching a youth call for transparency and accountability in COVID-19 response; raising awareness of preventive measures; bringing the voices of the most marginalized to policy deliberations; advocating for peace and social cohesion; participating in youth-led efforts, providing psychosocial training for peers; and fighting hate speech and misinformation. This session may also advance more synergies between the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda and the ECOSOC Youth Forum.

Co-Moderators: Ms. Kirsty Rancier, Strategic Planning and Inter-Agency Affairs Unit, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and Mr. Mohamed Edabbar; Global Youth Caucus for SDG 16.