Youth critical to creating peaceful world – UN chief

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The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said on Saturday the world’s 1.2 billion young people can play a critical role in creating a peaceful world for generations to come.

Guterres, in his International Youth Day message, underscored UN’s commitment to young people’s development.

He said: “I’m truly happy to address you on International Youth Day. As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am committed to the empowerment and inclusion of every young person around the world.

“I have appointed an impressive new youth envoy and governments must work with young people to successfully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Empowered young men and women can play a critical role in preventing conflicts and ensuring sustainable peace.”

He introduced 26-year old Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka as the youngest and “one of the most important’’ members of his team.

The UN chief urged youth participants at the day to join the Youth Envoy in mobilising young people, saying “together, we can create a peaceful world for generations to come.’’

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