Ban announces new initiatives to enhance UN’s work with and for world’s youth

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses faculty and students at the University of Calgary.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses faculty and students at the University of Calgary.

Bolstering the commitment of the United Nations to work with and for the world’s youth, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced several key initiatives towards that end, including the formation of an expert group on ‘youth, peace and security,’ and naming a new envoy on youth employment.

Mr. Ban used the opportunity provided by International Youth Day, celebrated annually on 12 August, to announce the new steps to advance peace, promote employment and tackle poverty. Indeed, in his message on the day, he said: “Young people are directly affected by the tragic contradictions that prevail today: between abject poverty and ostentatious wealth, gnawing hunger and shameful food waste, rich natural resources and polluting industries.”

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Sources: United Nations News Service

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