UN approves resolution focusing on impact of conflict on youths and rise of radicalization

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved its first resolution focused entirely on the impact of armed conflict on young people and recognizing the rise of radicalization and violent extremism among youths.

The resolution urges all countries to involve more young people aged 18 to 29 in preventing and resolving conflicts, as well as efforts to counter violent extremism "which can be conducive to terrorism."

The resolution sponsored by Jordan was adopted Wednesday. It expresses concern at the increased use "by terrorists and their supporters" of the Internet and other new information technologies to recruit and incite youth "to commit terrorist acts," as well as to plan and finance activities of extremist groups.

It urged global cooperation "to prevent terrorists from exploiting technology."