PPC Board Briefs the UN on Education

September 4, 2019
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On September 4, 2019, Penn Policy Consulting Group’s Executive Board presented their research on Youth Education and Peacebuilding to United Nations officials, organizations, and Member States. 

 

The group was tasked by a leading United Nations-affiliated NGO to offer policy insights, analysis and recommendations regarding youth education and peacebuilding. After six months of research, numerous youth consultations, and frequent expert interviews, they unveiled their 37-page policy research report, titled "Youth Participation in Peacebuilding Education," to nearly 100 officials, diplomats, and ambassadors, who joined both in-person and remotely in three separate meetings.

 

Their report focused on the role of education in supporting global peacebuilding efforts, examining examples of education failures, gleaning insights, and applying those insights to make numerous policy recommendations. Specifically, the report meticulously examined and documented the rigorous process by which the UN's new Youth, Peace and Security agenda – which is committed to the UN’s growing consensus that youth should play a central role in peacebuilding – can complement the global campaign for building peace through education, in addition to empowering young people in their respective school communities and beyond. Through systematic application of case studies and the key findings taken from the aforementioned case studies, the group presented six concrete and executable recommendations to ensure safe, equitable, and honest schools around the world.

 

The group was invited to present their research before three separate United Nations entities over the course of the day – the United Nations Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security; the European Union Delegation at the United Nations; and South Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations.

 

They first presented to global members of the UN Global Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security, an inter-agency network of UN entities, civil organizations, and inter-governmental bodies. This presentation was viewed live by members of the Coalition across the globe, with five continents tuning in to listen to and engage with the club’s findings.

 

Then, at their presentation to the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, the group presented their findings to over 20 diplomats from the EU Delegation and its Member States. Finally, PPC presented its extensive research directly to Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, South Korea’s Ambassador to the UN, who is currently serving as the President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board for 2019. 

 

Our findings and subsequent presentations were met with overwhelming praise and enthusiasm. In fact, multiple UN administrators and EU Member States have indicated that they would either like to work with the group to explore their policy recommendations, cite their paper in official UN reports, or, in Portugal’s case, work with the group to further develop a resolution they plan to propose to the UN General Body next month.

 

The team will be travelling to New York again later this month to offer our unique insights into current UN policies and discuss the implementation of some of their visions and recommendations.