23 April 2018; The Maldives has underscored the important role of youth, and called for an inclusive approach in peacebuilding and sustaining peace, which accommodates the concerns of the youth demographic. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on "Youth, Peace and Security", H.E. Dr Mohamed Asim, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives also highlighted the significant investments made by the Government of Maldives to ensure that the youth are afforded the necessary social and economic opportunities, and help to build cohesion and unity among the youth. The Maldives delegation also recognised the importance of partnerships to enhance the engagement of youth through innovative means such as art, sports and media, which have a wider outreach to the youth population. The Secretary General's Special Envoy on Youth, Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other high-level delegates participated in the Open Debate which was convened by Peru as the President of the Security Council on the eve of the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at the United Nations. ENDS