Imagine this: you have just bought a new car after years of saving money and you are more than excited to take it out for a spin. You have never owned a car before so maintenance and routines to avoid malfunctions isn’t really anything that you have been thinking about and you’re going hard, trying the car’s limits.

But one day, the car breaks down and you take it to the service station where you are informed that you could have avoided this hefty bill with just a few proactive actions and routines.

The UNSCR 2250’s focus on prevention is based on the same principle, only that here it is focused on the need to prevent violence and conflicts. Think of it as actions seeking to work proactively as well as reactively to prevent bad things from happening.  It’s simply just more efficient to accomplish something sustainable and long lasting if we take action before the harm is done.

By recognizing young people as important agents of change and establishing mechanisms to promote peace, youth must also be included in decision-making processes and in creating incentives to become active in the work for sustainable peace.

Hopefully this goes without saying: no one is born violent! Violence is something we learn through our environment, so by searching for its roots and creating inclusive and participatory processes where young people can decide what’s best for young people – we will prevent a lot of the violence that stems from the exclusion and marginalization of youth.

Important to underline however is that the majority of young people are not involved in violent activities, so let’s make sure that those who are working against it has the proper tools, skills and recognition to carry out the work that is required to create sustainable peace.

If you were to decide what measures to take in your local community in order to prevent violence, what would be your first measure?