UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said the exclusion of youth from security matters is one serious injustice he is seeking to correct.
“It seems plain to me that if young people are considered good enough to die in wars, they should also have a seat at the table when leaders negotiate peace,” Moon emphasized.
The UNSG’s statement was contained in a speech he delivered in observance of “International Youth Day” on Friday August 12, 2016.
Ban noted that the observance of “International Youth Day” on August 12 each year should be a time for real commitments to empower young people across the world and that the United Nations is committed to working for and with youth.
“We are working on the ground to ensure every young person has the education, health, employment and rights they deserve and every year, the UN’s Economic and Social Council Youth Forum brings together senior government officials and young activists to discuss the most pressing global concerns,” Ban stressed.
He explained that the United Nations is partnering more and more with youth-led and youth-focused organizations to promote peace and development around the world; adding “Young people have all the skills and energy needed to contribute to society; all they need is the opportunities for decent work as over 70 million youth globally are unemployed.”
Ban said in order to help them rise to this challenge, he has named the former Chancellor of Austria, Mr. Werner Faymann, as the new UN Special Envoy for Youth Employment. He said in this capacity, Faymann will work with his Youth Envoy, UN experts on employment, including the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help make a difference.
He then called on young people to take risks based on the understanding that every successful entrepreneur climbed to the top on a stack of failures; stressing “Young people everywhere can help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our global plan for people, the planet and prosperity.”